García García, Marco ORCID: 0000-0001-8816-1893 (2018). NP exclamatives and focus. In: Focus Realization in Romance and Beyond, pp. 229-252. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

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This paper makes a contribution to the study of Spanish noun phrase (NP) exclamatives, such as ¡Las tonterías que dicen! ‘The silly things they say!’. The main purpose is to explore the relation between NP exclamatives and the notion of focus. I compare NP exclamatives with canonical focus-marking constructions such as focus-fronting constructions and cleft sentences and show that they share some crucial syntactic and prosodic features. Elaborating on both the similarities and differences between these different constructions, I argue that NP exclamatives exhibit a special kind of focus that points not to the propositional content, but rather to the relation between the propositional content and the exclamative illocution. Making use of both focus theory and speech act theory, I claim that exclamative constructions express a non-contrastive focus that indicates the presence of non-fulfilled speaker expectations.

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García García,
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-381699
DOI: 10.1075/slcs.201.08gar
Title of Book: Focus Realization in Romance and Beyond
Page Range: pp. 229-252
Date: 2018
Publisher: John Benjamins
Place of Publication: Amsterdam/Philadelphia
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 5: Moderne Sprachen und Kulturen > Romanisches Seminar
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Romance languages French
Refereed: Yes


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