Verb First

On the syntax of verb-initial languages

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  • Editors: Andrew Carnie1, Heidi Harley1, and Sheila Ann Dooley1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027294753

This collection of papers brings together the most recent crosslinguistic research on the syntax of verb-initial languages. Authors with a variety of theoretical perspectives pursue the questions of how verb-initial order is derived, and how these derivations play into the characteristic syntax of these languages. Major themes in the volume include the role of syntactic category in languages with verb-initial order; the different mechanisms of deriving V-initial order; and the universal correlates of the order. This book should be of interest to scholars who work on theoretical approaches to word order derivation, typologists, and those who work on the particular grammars of Celtic, Zapotec, Mixtec, Polynesian, Austronesian, Mayan, Salish, Aboriginal, and Nilotic languages.

Subjects: Theoretical linguistics; Generative linguistics; Syntax

  • Affiliations: 1: The University of Arizona

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