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The Interaction of Focus, Givenness, and Prosody: A Study of Italian Clause Structure

Vieri Samek-Lodovici


This book provides an in-depth investigation of contrastive focalization in Italian, showing that its syntactic expression is systematically affected by the syntactic expression of discourse-givenness. The proposed analysis disentangles the properties genuinely associated with contrastive focalization from those determined by the most productive operations affecting discourse given phrases at the right periphery, namely right dislocation and marginalization. On this basis, it shows that in the default case contrastive focalization occurs in situ and that instances of left-peripheral focalizati ... More

Keywords: contrastive focus, focus evacuation, givenness, prosody, syntax–prosody interface, right dislocation, marginalization, left periphery, Italian, p-movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198737926
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737926.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vieri Samek-Lodovici, author
Reader in Linguistics, University College London