Fronted topics, clefted foci and the parameter of integration into the clause
The paper examines the similarities between two families of constructions: fronted nominal topics and clefted nominal foci. These may originate from the fact that both fronted nominal topics and clefted foci dissociate the expression of the information structure and the expression of the semantics associated with the relevant state-of-affair (SOA). These topics and foci can be said to vary both cross-linguistically and diachronically in the extent to which they are integrated into the clause describing the SOA. This approach provides an analysis for some typologically unusual constructions.