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LINGUIST List 19.975

Sat Mar 22 2008

Books: Ling Theories/Syntax/Morphology/Discourse Analysis: Schröder

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        1.    Brian Homoleski, Word Order in Toposa: Schröder


Message 1: Word Order in Toposa: Schröder
Date: 20-Mar-2008
From: Brian Homoleski <academic_bookssil.org>
Subject: Word Order in Toposa: Schröder
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Title: Word Order in Toposa
Subtitle: An Aspect of Multiple Feature-Checking
Series Title: Publications in Linguistics 142
Published: 2008
Publisher: SIL International
                http://www.ethnologue.com/bookstore.asp

Book URL: http://www.ethnologue.com/show_product.asp?isbn=9781556711817

Author: Helga Schröder
Paperback: ISBN: 9781556711817 Pages: 213 Price: U.S. $ 28.00
Abstract:

This book demonstrates a feature-checking approach to sentence structure
and language typology within the framework of Chomsky's Minimalist Program.
The study is both data oriented and theoretical. The analysis is based on
data from Toposa, an under-documented Eastern Nilotic language spoken in
Southern Sudan. Toposa is highly inflectional and derivational with a basic
VSO word order.

This work suggests that sentence structure is determined by multiple
feature-checking processes, driven by the interaction of morphology,
syntax, and discourse features such as antecedent relationships and focus.
In Toposa, these interrelationships explain the occurrence or absence of
the grammatical subject, direct object, and applied objects and result in
an ergative VS/VO word order in discourse, where the preferred structure is
to have only one argument after the verb. The complex relationships between
morphology, syntax, and discourse are demonstrated through the passive, the
reflexive, the subject prefixes in the verb, the causative, and the
applicative.

This book will be a valuable resource for intermediate and advanced level
students of syntactic theory. It should also be helpful in the further
study of VSO languages and research on discourse within the framework of
the Minimalist Program.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Morphology
                            Syntax
                            Typology

Subject Language(s): Toposa (toq)

Written In: English (eng )

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