This paper provides a minimalist syntactic account for the correlation between "givenness" and/or "presupposition" of clausal complements (i.e., factivity) on the one hand, and deaccentuation, on the other—a correlation that is shown to hold across several languages. The central claim put forth in this paper is that prosodic information is part of the numeration (in the sense of an abstract morpheme), or its analogue. Consequently, the paper argues that information structure is encoded in the narrow syntax.
Proceedings of the 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Donald Baumer, David Montero, and Michael Scanlon
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