Theoretical Approaches to Disharmonic Word Order

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EditorTheresa Biberauer, Michelle Sheehan

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This book considers the implications of cross-linguistic word-order patterns for linguistic theory. One of the salient results of Joseph Greenberg's pioneering work in language typology was the notion of a 'harmonic' word-order type, whereby if the verb appears at the left or right edge of theverb phrase, other heads (e.g. prepositions, nouns) also tend to do so. Today, however, there is recognition in both the typological and generative literature that very many, and possibly even the majority of languages, fail to be fully harmonic in the sense that all head-complement pairs patternalike. But does this imply limitless variation? The chapters in this volume, written by international scholars, discuss the issues arising from this basic question, drawing on data from typologically distinct disharmonic languages, including Mandarin Chinese, Basque, Mocheno (a Tyrolean varietyspoken in Northern Italy), French, English, Hixkaryana (a Cariban language), Khalkha Mongolian, Uyghur Turkic, and Afrikaans.The volume begins with a substantial introduction to the study of word order and its relation to linguistic theory. It is then divided into sections on the nature of disharmony; the role of prosody; the question of Antisymmetry and novel alternatives to Antisymmetry; and the Final-over-FinalConstraint. Aside from introducing new empirical findings, the volume also offers a range of new perspectives on disharmonic word orders, the status of word order in linguistic theory, and theoretical accounts of typological gaps.

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This book considers the implications of cross-linguistic word-order patterns for linguistic theory. One of the salient results of Joseph Greenberg's pioneering work in language typology was the notion of a 'harmonic' word-order type, whereby if the verb appears at the left or right edge of theverb phrase, other heads (e.g. prepositions...

Theresa Biberauer is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, where she is also a Fellow of Churchill College, and an Associate Professor Extraordinary at her South African alma mater, Stellenbosch University. Her research interests are principally in theoretical and comparative (synchronic and diachronic) morphosynt...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 5, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Theresa Biberauer and Michelle Sheehan: IntroductionPart I: On the Nature of Disharmony2. Guglielmo CInque: Word-order Typology: a change of perspective3. Redouane Djamouri, Waltraud Paul, and John Whitman: Postpositions vs. Prepositions in Mandarin Chinese: the articulation of disharmony4. Federica Cognola: The Mixed OV/VO Syntax of Mocheno Main Clauses: on the interaction between high and low left peripheryPart II: The Role of Prosody5. Joseph E. Emonds: Universal Default Right Headedness and How Stress Determines Word Order6. Roland Hinterholzl: (Dis)harmonic Word Order and Phase-based Restrictions on Phrasing and Spell-out7. Hisao Tokizaki and Yasutomo Kuwana: A Stress-based Theory of Disharmonic Word OrdersPart III: The Question of Antisymmetry8. Richard Kayne: Whare Are There no Directionality Parameters?9. Michael Barrie: Antisymmetry and Hixkaryana10. Balkiz Ozturk: Postverbal Constituents in SOV Languages11. Arantzazu Elordieta: On the Relevance of the Head Parameter in a Mixed OV LanguagePart IV: Novel Alternatives to Antisymmetry12. Mark de Vos: Afrikaans Mixed Adposition Orders as a PF-linearization Effect13. Takashi Toyoshima: A Traversal parameter at the PF Interface: graph-theoretical linearization of bare phrase structurePart V: The Final-over-Final Constraint14. John A. Hawkins: Disharmonic Word Orders From a Processing Efficiency Perspective15. Brian Hok-Shing Chan: Sentence-final Particles, Complementizers, Antisymmetry, and the Final-over-Final Constraint16. Michelle Sheehan: Explaining the Final-over-Final Constraint: formal and functional approachesReferencesIndex