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Configuring Topic and Focus in Russian
by Tracy Holloway King
CSLI, 1995
eISBN: 978-1-57586-968-1 | Cloth: 978-1-881526-63-6 | Paper: 978-1-881526-62-9
Library of Congress Classification PG2390.K56 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 491.75

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This work examines word order. More accurately, it is the ordering of constituents that is discussed since prepositional phrases and most noun phrases form syntactic constituents and the encoding of topic and focus in Russian. As has long been observed, word order in Russian encodes specific discourse information: with neutral intonation, topics precede discourse-neutral constituents which precede foci. King extends this idea to show that word order encodes different types of topic and focus in a principled manner.

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