The Free Word Order Phenomenon: Its Syntactic Sources and Diversity

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This book deals with the syntax of the free word order phenomenon in a wide range of languages - in particular, German, Japanese, Kannada, Malayalam, Serbo-Croatian, Tagalog, Tongan, and Turkish - in some of which the phenomenon was previously unstudied. The different articles offer ways of analyzing free word order under minimalist assumptions, with respect to the question of how it is acquired, how a typology of free word order languages can be derived, and in connection with its relatedness to information structural factors.

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"The articles in this volume represent the most recent and most advanced thinking on free word order phenomena in the languages discussed, and as such Sabel & Saito's book will be an invaluable volume for linguists of all persuasions interested in the syntax of free word order."John Frederick Bailyn in: Journal of Linguistics 43/2007
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Joachim Sabel is Professor of German Linguistics at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Mamoru Saito is Professor of Linguistics at Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Left branch extraction, structure of NP, and scrambling 13
The discourse configurationality of scrambling 75
Scrambling in the cleft construction in Dravidian 137
Asymmetries between pre-verbal and post-verbal scrambling in Turkish 163
EPP and semantically vacuous scrambling 181
On the acquisition of scrambling in Japanese 221
Scrambling and information focus : VSO-VOS alternation in Tongan 243
String-vacuous scrambling and the effect on output condition 281
Further notes on the interpretation of scrambling chains 335
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