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Full Title: DGfs 2015 - AG 4: VO-OV: Correlations of Head-Complement Order in Structure or Lexicon

Location: Leipzig, Germany
Start Date: 04-Mar-2015 - 06-Mar-2015
Contact: Hubert Haider
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Meeting Description: Annual DGfS Meeting Leipzig, March 4-6, 2015
Workshop (AG 4: ''VO-OV: Correlations of head-complement order in structure or lexicon''
Organized by Walter Bisang (Mainz) & Balthasar Bickel (Zürich) & Gisbert Fanselow (Potsdam) & Hubert Haider (Salzburg)

Description of the Workshop:

The distinction between OV and VO order in a clause is usually taken to be a good predictor of further serialization facts, and one can find several proposals for an explanation of the corresponding implicative correlations in the literature. Possible further correlates of the VO-OV distinction in domains other than word order such as the following have been investigated to a much lesser extent. The data represented in WALS shows that the percentage of languages without a morphological system of case is lower among the OV languages. Likewise, there are more OV than OV systems among the languages with an ergative case pattern, while VO languages are overrepresented among the languages which position question words at the clause's left periphery.

Other correlations have been proposed on the basis of much smaller language samples. Thus, it has been claimed that free constituent order (scrambling) and the absence of typical subject-object asymmetries are concomitant of OV order, and it has been argued that OV languages have a higher N:V ratio in the lexicon. There are interesting proposal as to how such correlations can be modeled in a theory of language.

Invited speakers are Mathew Dryer and Ad Neeleman.
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Syntax
LL Issue: 25.3354

This is a session of the following meeting:
Annual Meeting 2015 of DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft)

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