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Wed Mar 23 2005

Books: Discourse Analysis/Syntax/Typology: Karimi

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, A Minimalist Approach to Scrambling: Karimi

Message 1: A Minimalist Approach to Scrambling: Karimi

Date: 21-Mar-2005
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: A Minimalist Approach to Scrambling: Karimi

Title: A Minimalist Approach to Scrambling
Subtitle: Evidence from Persian
Series Title: Studies in Generative Grammar 76
Published: 2005
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter

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Author: Simin Karimi, University of Arizona
Hardback: ISBN: 3110182963 Pages: xiv, 266 Price: Europe EURO 88.00

This study is an attempt to address the problems scrambling languages
provide for the existing syntactic theories by analyzing the interaction of
semantic and discourse functional factors with syntactic properties of word
order in this type of languages, and by discussing the implications of this
interaction for Universal Grammar.

Three interrelated goals are carefully followed in this work. The first is
to analyze the syntactic structure of Persian, a language which exhibits
free word order. With this analysis, the author has accounted for the
relative order of categorized expressions, the motivation for their
possible rearrangements, and the grammatical results of those reorderings.
In this respect, a broad range of major syntactic phenomena, including
object shift, Case, Extended Projection Principle (EPP), binding, and scope
interpretation of quantifiers, interrogative phrases, adverbial phrases,
and negative elements are examined. This monograph is the first major
theoretical work ever published on Persian, and therefore fills the
existing gap by providing insight into the syntactic structure of this
language. The second goal is to connect these insights to similar
linguistic properties in languages in which scrambling occurs (e.g. German,
Dutch, Hindi, Russian, Japanese, and Korean), and to provide a deeper
understanding of this group of genetically diverse, but typologically
related languages. The final and principal goal is to situate the results
of this work within the framework of the Minimalist Program (MP).

The investigation in this study indicates that scrambling is not an
optional rule, and that certain principles of MP, such as the Minimal Link
Condition, are only seemingly violated in these languages. Furthermore, it
is shown that careful analysis of scrambling with respect to binding and
scope relations, and a reanalysis of the properties of A and A' movements,
cast some doubts on the relevance of a typology of movement in natural

Date of publication: 3/2005

Simin Karimi is Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the
University of Arizona.


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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): Farsi, Western (PES)
                            Farsi, Eastern (PRS)

Written In: English (ENG )

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