Out-of-focus encoding in Gur and Kwa

This paper investigates the structural properties of morphosyntactically marked focus constructions, focussing on the often neglected non-focal sentence part in African tone languages. Based on new empirical evidence fro
This paper investigates the structural properties of morphosyntactically marked focus constructions, focussing on the often neglected non-focal sentence part in African tone languages. Based on new empirical evidence from five Gur and Kwa languages, we claim that these focus expressions have to be analysed as biclausal constructions even though they do not represent clefts containing restrictive relative clauses. First, we relativize the partly overgeneralized assumptions about structural correspondences between the out-of-focus part and relative clauses, and second, we show that our data do in fact support the hypothesis of a clause coordinating pattern as present in clause sequences in narration. It is argued that we deal with a non-accidental, systematic feature and that grammaticalization may conceal such basic narrative structures.
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Author:Ines Fiedler, Anne Schwarz
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-1112483
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2008/11/06
Year of first Publication:2005
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2008/11/06
Tag:conjunction ; ex-situ focus ; focus marker ; grammaticalization; relative clause
Source:Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure (ISIS), 3, 2005, S. 111-142 ; http://opus.kobv.de/ubp/volltexte/2006/873/
HeBIS PPN:207964769
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache
Sammlungen:Linguistik
Licence (German):License Logo Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen

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