ERIC Number: ED335948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Unmarked and Marked Instances of Topicalization in Hebrew.
Levinsohn, Stephen H.
An analysis of Hebrew topicalization looks at the normal or unmarked function of topicalization in narrative discourse and considers the additional contextual effects that marked or apparently redundant instances of topicalization are intended to achieve. Focus is on the fronting of elements in sentences with topic-comment articulation. It is argued that while earlier characterization of topicalization as bidirectional is appropriate, it is also the case that topicalization provides the basis for linking the communication to its context. Topicalization and discontinuities in storyline are then considered. A proposal that all topicalized sentences in Hebrew are backgrounded is then refuted, and examples of marked topicalization (i.e., passages in which there is no evidence of a discontinuity in the story yet topicalization occurs) are examined. It is concluded that the intended effect of marked topicalization is to highlight a key event to follow. Thirteen notes and a 19-item bibliography are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Markedness; Topicalization (Language)
Note: In: Work Papers of the 1990 Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session, Volume 34, p21-33, 1990. For collected papers, see FL 019 451.