The RRG Approach to Information Structure

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Abstract

This chapter introduces the theoretical constructs adopted by Role and Reference Grammar (RRG) in the treatment of information structure and addresses the question of the place of information structure in the architecture of grammar. It is claimed that RRG offers an approach to information structure which is flexible enough to capture the cross-linguistic variation in the role played by discourse in the semantics–syntax and syntax–semantics linking, while also being sufficiently constrained to make important generalizations on the expression of pragmatic states and pragmatic relations, and their interface with prosody, morphology and sentence structure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Role and Reference Grammar
Editors Delia Bentley , Ricardo Mairal Usón , Wataru Nakamura , Robert D. Van Valin, Jr
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)978-1-107-13045-6
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2023

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