Christine Dimroth, Münster Stefan Sudhoff (eds.) (2018): The Grammatical Realization of Polarity Contrast. Theoretical, empirical, and typological approaches. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company

The polarity of a sentence is crucial for its meaning. It is thus hardly surprising that languages have developed devices to highlight this meaning component and to contrast statements with negative and positive polarity in discourse. Research on this issue has started from languages like German and Dutch, where prosody and assertive particles are systematically associated with polarity contrast. Recently, the grammatical realization of polarity contrast has been at the center of investigations in a range of other languages as well. Core questions concern the formal repertoire and the exact meaning contribution of the relevant devices, the kind of contrast they evoke, and their relation to information structure and sentence mood. This volume brings together researchers from a theoretical, an empirical, and a typological orientation and enhances our understanding of polarity with the help of in-depth analyses and cross-linguistic comparisons dealing with the syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and/or prosodic aspects of the phenomenon.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 249]  2018.  v, 291 pp.

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Table of Contents
The grammatical realization of polarity contrast: Introductory remarks
Christine Dimroth and Stefan Sudhoff
From polarity focus to salient polarity: From things to processes
Dejan Matić and Irina Nikolaeva
Verum focus, sentence mood, and contrast
Horst Lohnstein
Complementizers and negative polarity in German hypothetical comparatives
Julia Bacskai-Atkari
Veridicality and sets of alternative worlds: On embedded interrogatives and the complementizers that and if
Peter Öhl
Biased declarative questions in Swedish and German: Negation meets modal particles (νäl and doch wohl)
Heiko Seeliger and Sophie Repp
On two types of polar interrogatives in Hungarian and their interaction with inside and outside negation
Beáta Gyuris
Two kinds of VERUM distinguished by aspect choice in Russian
Olav Mueller-Reichau
Polarity focus and non-canonical syntax in Italian, French and Spanish: Clitic left dislocation and sì che / sí que-constructions
Davide Garassino and Daniel Jacob
In search for polarity contrast marking in Italian: A contribution from echo replies
Cecilia Andorno and Claudia Crocco


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