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Focus Projection in Serbo-Croatian

Svetlana Godjevac

Research on the English language suggests that the relationship between phonological prominence, word order, and focus—better known as focus projection—is mediated through syntax. This book breaks new ground with its demonstration of how the Serbo-Croatian language shows the workings of this relationship.

Svetlana Godjevac explores the development of focus projection. Further distinguishing her work from the numerous studies of the English language, she analyzes how focus projection in Serbo-Croatian also depends on the semantic type of the prominence bearing element. This volume is an innovative analysis of linguistic theory as well as a study of a lesser examined language.

Svetlana Godjevac is a discourse analyst at H5 Technologies in San Francisco.


  • Preface
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Focus — Theoretical Background
  • 3 Serbo-Croatian Syntax
  • 4 Focus and Focus Projection in Serbo-Croatian
  • 5 Conclusions
  • References
  • Index


ISBN (Paperback): 1575864789 (9781575864785)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575864770 (9781575864778)
ISBN (Electronic): 1575869306 (9781575869308)

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