The Morphology and Syntax of Topic and Focus

Minimalist inquiries in the Quechua periphery

ORCID logoLiliana Sánchez | Rutgers University
ISBN 9789027255525 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027287526 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This book presents an innovative analysis that relates informational structure, syntax and morphology in Quechua. It provides a minimalist account of the relationship between focus, topic, evidentiality and other left-peripheral features and sentence-internal constituents marked with suffixes that have been previously considered of a pragmatic nature. Intervention effects show that these relationships are also of a syntactic nature. The analysis is extended to morphological markers that appear on polarity sensitive items and wh-words. The book also provides a brief overview of the main characteristics of Quechua syntax as well as additional bibliographical information.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 169] 2010.  xiii, 242 pp.
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“It is an exciting prospect that now pragmatic features of the syntax and morphology of Quechua, a language family so far mostly studied in terms of its historical roots and formal properties, are coming to the fore. Liliana Sánchez, who pairs formal analytic skills with a deep knowledge of the language family, is the ideal person to undertake this. I am sure the book will be a source of inspiration for comparative linguists but also for people working in Andean language studies in a wider sense, including language processing and acquisition, bilingualism and sociolinguistics.”
“Liliana Sanchez’s book, on the morphology and syntax of focus and topic in Quechua, presents an analysis of a wealth of fascinating data, which provides deep insight on how discourse-based notions (such as topic, focus, and evidentiality) are grammaticalized in natural language, and on how focus interacts with focus-sensitive operators such as Question-makers and Negation. This book should be of interest to scholars working on the interface between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, and comparative grammar.”
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CFK: Grammar, syntax

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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