Stage Topics and their Architecture

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Abstract

All focus sentences have implicit “stage” topics indicating the spatiotemporal parameters of the sentence, the here-and-now of the discourse. Such topics can provide the main topic of the sentence and can also appear as the topics of subordinate clauses. This paper is about the role of stage topics in grammar including the distinction between stage and individual level predicates, anaphora in sentences with verbs of perception, the definiteness effect in existentials and extraction out of picture noun phrases and relative clauses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitecture of Topic
EditorsValéria Molnár, Verner Egerland , Susanne Winkler
Publisherde Gruyter
Pages223-247
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781501504488
ISBN (Print)9781501512612
DOIs
StatePublished - 19 Aug 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in Generative Grammar
Volume136

Keywords

  • Existentials
  • Extraction
  • Information structure
  • Perception predicates
  • Stage-level predicates
  • The definiteness effect
  • Thetic sentence
  • Truth-value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)

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