Syntax, Typology, and Information Structure -
Workshop on Information Structure in Head-Marking Languages
The workshop addresses pragmatic, semantic, morphosyntactic and prosodic aspects of the expression of IS in head-marking languages from a theoretical, descriptive, or typological perspective.
Head-marking languages exhibit significant morphosyntactic differences from dependent marking languages, as Nichols (1986) and subsequent research has showed. An interesting question which is appropriate to ask in the context of contemporary research into information structure is whether head-marking languages have any distinctive information structural properties that are a function of, or related to, their head-marking morphosyntax. Information structure concerns the morphosyntactic coding of the different informational statuses an element may have with respect to the proposition (e.g. topic or focus), and it is therefore reasonable to inquire as to whether head-marking morphosyntax interacts with discourse in a distinctive manner.
- Where and when:
Mar 28-29, 2014De Lindenberg, Ridderstraat 17, Nijmegen
- Robert D. Van Valin, Jr.
Saskia van Putten