Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., c2010.
Book — xii, 383 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
1. Introduction (by Fiedler, Ines)--
2. Information structure marking in Sandawe texts (by Eaton, Helen)--
3. Topic and focus fields in Naki (by Good, Jeff)--
4. The relation between focus and theticity in the Tuu family (by Guldemann, Tom)--
5. Focus marking in Aghem: Syntax or semantics? (by Hyman, Larry M.)--
6. On the obligatoriness of focus marking: Evidence from Tar B'--arma (by Jacob, Peggy)--
7. Focalisation and defocalisation in Isu (by Kiessling, Roland)--
8. Discourse function of inverted passives in Makua-Marevone narratives (by Kroger, Oliver)--
9. Topic-focus articulation in Taqbaylit and Tashelhit Berber (by Mettouchi, Amina)--
10. Focus in Atlantic languages (by Robert, Stephane)--
11. Topic and focus construction asymmetry (by Schaefer, Ronald P.)--
12. Verb-and-predication focus markers in Gur (by Schwarz, Anne)--
13. Why contrast matters: Information structure in Gawwada (East Cushitic) (by Tosco, Mauro)--
14. Focus and the Ejagham verb system (by Watters, John R.)--
15. Language index--
16. Subject index.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
This book analyzes the different patterns found across subsaharan Africa to express information structure. Based on languages from all four African language phyla, it documents the great diversity of linguistic means used to encode information-structural phenomena and is therefore highly relevant for some of the most pertinent questions in modern linguistic theory. The special contribution of this volume is the perspective on a variety of information-structurally related phenomena which go far beyond classical notions such as focus and topic. Detailed investigations are dedicated to so far less discussed focal subcategories, like focus on verbal operators or the thetic-categorical distinction. Finally, the information-structural configuration of unmarked, canonical sentence structures is recognized. The papers provide evidence that the formal means to encode information-structural categories range from means such as morphological markers or syntactic operations, famous in linguistics, to less well-known strategies, such as defocalization rather than focalization. (source: Nielsen Book Data)