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Article: Information structuring in Akan question-word fronting and focus constructions

TitleInformation structuring in Akan question-word fronting and focus constructions
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Issue Date2006
PublisherGreenwood Publishing Group Inc.
Citation
Studies in African Linguistics, 2006, v. 34 n. 2, p. 179 - 208 How to Cite?
AbstractWh-question fronting and focus constructions III Akan have three structural characteristics in common: constituent fronting, introduction of a clitic morpheme after the fronted constituent, and pronoun resumption in a canonical clause position. In comparing these constructions to each other and to related canonical constructions, one is confronted with the question whether the same discourse-contextual information is consistently expressed in both constructions. Using the framework of Lexical-Functional Grammar, we show that both whquestion fronting and focus constructions share representations in the constituent and functional structure. Considering the individual discourse-contextual information expressed in wh-question fronting and focus constructions, as compared to the discourse-contextual information expressed in the respective in situ and canonical clause counterparts, however, we show that a variance is drawn between them in the information structure. In a further constraint-based analysis, Optimality-Theoretic LFG is used to clarify the proposals made.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/90300
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dc.contributor.authorMarfo, Cen_HK
dc.contributor.authorBodomo, ABen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T10:08:24Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T10:08:24Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationStudies in African Linguistics, 2006, v. 34 n. 2, p. 179 - 208en_HK
dc.identifier.issn2154-428X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/90300-
dc.description.abstractWh-question fronting and focus constructions III Akan have three structural characteristics in common: constituent fronting, introduction of a clitic morpheme after the fronted constituent, and pronoun resumption in a canonical clause position. In comparing these constructions to each other and to related canonical constructions, one is confronted with the question whether the same discourse-contextual information is consistently expressed in both constructions. Using the framework of Lexical-Functional Grammar, we show that both whquestion fronting and focus constructions share representations in the constituent and functional structure. Considering the individual discourse-contextual information expressed in wh-question fronting and focus constructions, as compared to the discourse-contextual information expressed in the respective in situ and canonical clause counterparts, however, we show that a variance is drawn between them in the information structure. In a further constraint-based analysis, Optimality-Theoretic LFG is used to clarify the proposals made.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherGreenwood Publishing Group Inc.en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofStudies in African Linguisticsen_HK
dc.titleInformation structuring in Akan question-word fronting and focus constructionsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailBodomo, AB: abbodomo@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityBodomo, AB=rp01204en_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros125076en_HK

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