By Jeroen van Craenenbroeck
Within the Nineteen Eighties generative grammar well-known that sensible fabric is ready to venture syntactic constitution in conformity with the X-bar-format. This perception quickly resulted in a substantial elevate within the stock of useful projections. the elemental notion in the back of this line of theorizing, which matches by way of the identify of cartography, is that sentence constitution should be represented as a template of linearly ordered positions, every one with their very own syntactic and semantic import. lately, besides the fact that, a few difficulties were raised for this strategy. for instance, convinced mixtures of syntactic parts can't be linearly ordered. In gentle of such difficulties a couple of substitute debts were explored. a few of them suggest a brand new (often interface-related) set off for circulation, whereas others search replacement technique of accounting for numerous be aware order styles. those choices to cartography don't shape a homogeneous staff, nor has there to this point been a discussion board the place those principles can be in comparison and faced with each other. This quantity fills that hole. It deals a diversified and in-depth view at the place taken by way of a considerable variety of researchers within the box this present day on what's possibly essentially the most hotly debated and arguable matters in present-day generative grammar.
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As a consequence, the fact that the object outscopes the subject may seem unsurprising. Three remarks are in order. First, this criticism does not extend to the data in (40c,d). Second, the preverbal position of the object is the result of it belonging to the background. Now, backgrounded objects of monotransitive verbs may marginally be placed in postverbal position. However, if we shift the preverbal object in (40b) to a postverbal position, this does not affect its scopal interpretation. Third, a backgrounded object of a ditransitive verb need not be fronted if the other object appears as a sentence-initial topic (for reasons unclear to us).
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In addition, there are contextual criteria. It is well known that in the answer to a WH-question, the constituent that corresponds to the WH-operator is (usually) a focus. If it is interpreted contrastively, it qualifies as a contrastive focus. By this criterion, de bonen ‘the beans’ in (13a,b) is a contrastive focus. As suggested in the introduction, a contrastive topic is a constituent used to shift the topic of discourse. Such a shift takes place if the hearer answers a question about an entity different from the entity the original question was about.
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