Information structure in syntactic derivation

2019. №1, 7-29

Ekaterina A. Lyutikova
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia;
The Pushkin State Russian Language Institute, Moscow, Russia;
Moscow State University of Education, Moscow, Russia;


The paper investigates information structure of Russian relative clauses. It shows that the constituent order in relative clauses is not free but constrained by the obligatory topical position of the relative pronoun, and enumerates basic and derived information structures allowing relativization. The assumption that relative pronoun movement is preceded by linear-accentual transformations rearranging the information structure of the relative clause allows to explain restrictions on pied piping as a constraint on subextraction. In this way, the paper contributes to the broader problem of the architecture of grammar and provides arguments in favor of syntax-internal approaches to scrambling.

For citation:

Lyutikova E. A. Information structure in syntactic derivation. Voprosy Jazykoznanija. 2019. No. 1. Pp. 7–29. DOI: 10.31857/S0373658X0003592-0.


I am deeply grateful to the organizers and the participants of the Irina Kovtunova Memorial Conference (November 25th, 2016, Institute of Linguistics, RAS), especially to Tatyana Yanko, Elena Paducheva, Vera Podlesskaya and Nikolay Pertsov, for the exciting papers and discussion that sparked my interest in the issues discussed in this paper. This study is a part of the RSF project 18-18-00462 “Communicative-syntactic interface: typology and grammar” at the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute.