Bart Geurts (Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen) "Normative pragmatics and the evolution of communication"

Advanced Issues in Cognitive Science and Linguistics

Bart Geurts (Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen)

Normative pragmatics and the evolution of communication

Dates: March 22232425 and 26, 2021


Time: 9:00-11:30


New article by Andreas with Laia Mayol in Journal of Linguistics

TROTZKE, A., & MAYOL, L. (2021). Catalan focus markers as discourse particles. Journal of Linguistics, 1-35. doi:10.1017/S0022226720000481

New article by Xavier and Sílvia

Villalba , X. ., & Planas-Morales, S. . (2020). Complementantes preposicionales en las relativas de infinitivo: Revista Española De Lingüística, 50(2), 83-106. 

New chapter by Xavier (with Ingo Feldhausen)

New chapter by Xavier (with Ingo Feldhausen).

Feldhausen, I., & Villalba, X. (2020). "5.4 Modality and Information Structure: Focus, Dislocation, Interrogative and Exclamatory Sentences". In Manual of Catalan Linguistics. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. doi:

This chapter provides an overview of different sentence types and structures in Catalan that are closely related to modality and information structure in this language. In doing so, we mainly concentrate on syntactic, prosodic, and interpretative aspects of the presented structures. We first explore different concepts of focus and discuss how focus is syntactically and prosodically marked. We present a brief chronological overview of previous work and highlight dialectal differences. Dislocations and their information structural function are introduced in a second step. We present the different types of dislocations and address their positional differences. Modality is considered in greater detail with respect to interrogative and exclamatory sentences. For interrogative sentences, we will introduce a distinction between yes/no interrogatives and wh-interrogatives and highlight the placement of interrogative words in relation to other constituents in the left periphery of the sentence. When considering exclamative sentences, we will differentiate between degree and quantitative exclamatives, as well as the different exclamative words these are associated with.

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