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Current Issues in Italian, Romance and Germanic Non-canonical Word Orders

Syntax – Information Structure – Discourse Organization

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Edited By Anna-Maria De Cesare and Davide Garassino

This volume aims at offering an up-to-date survey on non-canonical word orders and their interplay with information structure and discourse organization. The contributions analyze different non-canonical syntactic structures (fronting, inversion, dislocations, and cleft constructions), focusing on Italian alone or on Italian in a contrastive perspective with one or more Romance (French, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish) and/or Germanic (English and German) languages. The authors tackle the main issue of the volume from a variety of perspectives and by relying on different theoretical frameworks. At the same time, they all offer a fine-grained description of the structures analyzed on the basis of a solid empirical foundation.
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The aim of this volume, entitled Current Issues in Italian, Romance and Germanic Non-canonical Word Orders. Syntax – Information Structure – Discourse organization, is to offer an up-to-date survey on non-canonical word orders and their interplay with information structure and discourse organization. In the literature, non-canonical word orders are broadly understood as syntactic structures that deviate from the canonical, unmarked word order, namely SVO. It is generally assumed that, with respect to SVO sentences, non-canonical word orders are more restricted in their information partitionings and discourse functions.

This volume is divided into three thematically distinct sections, which cover the types of non-canonical word orders that are analyzed in the nine contributions collected here:

a.    Part I. Fronting and inversion, i.e. syntactic structures based on clause internal reorganization of main sentence constituents, and specifically on fronting of non-subject constituents (cf. Manuel Leonetti; Lunella Mereu) and Verb-subject inversion (Dieter Vermandere / Karen Lahousse);

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