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Clause Structure and Word Order in the History of German$
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Agnes Jäger, Gisella Ferraresi, and Helmut Weiß

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198813545

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198813545.001.0001

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Prosodic and information-structural factors in word order variation

Prosodic and information-structural factors in word order variation

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(p.277) 14 Prosodic and information-structural factors in word order variation
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Clause Structure and Word Order in the History of German
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Roland Hinterhölzl

Svetlana Petrova

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813545.003.0014

This chapter proposes an analysis that derives the word order variation in dependent clauses in OHG within a universal VO base order, plus additional cyclic leftward movement operations that target different information-structural projections in the complex left periphery of the clause. More precisely, it is argued that categories conveying contrastive information land in [Spec,FocP], with the finite verb targeting Foc° and marking the left edge of the new-information focus domain, while background information is placed further left, between ForceP and FocP. This positional realization of the verb and phrases expressing different semantic types of focus is considered a special strategy of disambiguating broad from narrow focus, as well as of avoiding the clash of two focus phrases in the middle field of clauses with multiple foci.

Keywords:   OV, VO, information structure, background, focus, contrastive focus, new-information focus, Universal Base Hypothesis

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