On the syntactic focus and wh-phrases in Russian

Denis Liakin


This paper offers the uniform treatment of focused phrases and wh-phrases in Russian. We show that there are two syntactic possibilities for focalization in Russian from a neutral declarative sentence: one in the left periphery and another in the IP domain. This conclusion contradicts claims that there is only one position associated with contrastive focus (IP) or that there is no specific position in the sentence structure that can be associated with contrastive focus. These two positions can host contrastive phrases, but only FocÂș in the left periphery can attract exhaustive phrases.


focus, wh-movement, Russian

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