Information status and noncanonical word order in English [electronic resource] / Betty J. Birner, Gregory Ward.
- Amsterdam ; Philadelphia, Pa. : John Benjamins Pub. Co., 1998.
- Studies in language companion series ; v. 40.
Studies in language companion series, 0165-7763 ; v. 40
1 online resource (328 p.)
- English language -- Word order.
English language -- Discourse analysis.
- Electronic books.
- This work provides a comprehensive discourse-functional account of three classes of noncanonical constituent placement in English - preposing, postposing, and argument reversal - and shows how their interaction is accounted for in a principled and predictive way. In doing so, it details the variety of ways in which information can be 'given' or 'new' and shows how an understanding of this variety allows us to account for the distribution of these constructions in discourse. Moreover, the authors show that there exist broad and empirically verifiable functional correspondences within classes of
- CONTENTS; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; 2 Preposing; 3 Postposing; 4 Argument Reversal; 5 Noncanonical Word Order and Discourse Structure; 6 Extensions and Implications; Appendix; References; Index
- Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-306) and index.
- Ward, Gregory L.
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