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Freezing in it-clefts: movement and focus

  • This paper discusses the interaction of Freezing with movement and focus on the basis of subextraction from the pivot of it-cleft sentences. It shows that subextraction is in principle possible, and that it is not sensitive to whether the pivot is related to a derived subject or real object. However, if the context induces an additional contrastive focus on the pivot, extraction is less acceptable. It is suggested that the problem is that two different sets of alternatives need to be construed on the basis of one and the same syntactically marked focus phrase, the pivot. Once the two sets of alternatives are syntactically separated, interpretation is less complex and licit.

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Author:Jutta M. Hartmann
Parent Title (English):Freezing. Theoretical approaches and empirical domains
Series (Serial Number):Studies in Generative Grammar (.130)
Publisher:de Gruyter
Place of publication:Berlin [u.a.]
Editor:Jutta M. Hartmann, Marion Jäger, Andreas Kehl, Andreas Konietzko, Susanne Winkler
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2018
Date of Publication (online):2018/10/25
Tag:Freezing principle; contrastive focus; derived subject; focus phrase; it-clefts; passive; subextraction; subject island
GND Keyword:Spaltsatz
First Page:195
Last Page:224
Dieser Beitrag ist aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen online nicht frei zugänglich.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:nein
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt