Bound Focus or How can Association with Focus be Achieved without Going Semantically Astray? [chapter]

Josef Bayer
1999 Linguistics Today  
By the notion "bound focus", we mean phonological prominence and semantic affectedness that is dependent on the presence of a focus-demanding lexical element such as only or even. This paper tries to demonstrate that modem conceptions of syntactic theory such as the Minimalist Program explain in a natural way the various word orders that can be observed. Crucial use is made of the idea that focus particles are either base-generated in a fixed functional position or brought into this position by
more » ... to this position by covert raising or by reconstruction. In deviation from the operation of feature movement ("Move-F'), arguments are provided which suggest that overt movement may indeed include the movement of phrases.
doi:10.1075/la.24.03bay fatcat:ckuq5drz7revrlfjhtuc6qqdpy