This book deals with the syntax of the free word order phenomenon
(scrambling) 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. In the past,
the syntax of free word order phenomena has been studied intensively with
respect to its A- and A'-movement properties and in connection with its
semantic (undoing) effects. The different articles in this volume offer new
ways of analyzing free word order under (i) minimalist assumptions, (ii)
concerning the typology of scrambling languages, (iii) with respect to the
question of how it is acquired by children, (iv) in connection with its
relatedness to information structural factors, and (v) with respect to its
consequences for a highly elaborated sentence structure of the IP/VP domain.
The articles that focus mainly on the emprical aspects of free word order
phenomena deal with the properties and proper analysis of rightwards
scrambling in Turkish, with the A-/A'-nature and triggers for VSO-VOS
alternations in Tongan, as well as with left-branch extractions and
NP-Split in Slavic and its consequences for a typology of scrambling
languages. The articles that focus on theoretical aspects of scrambling
deal with questions concerning the motivatation of a derivation with
scrambling in a free word order language, such as whether scrambling has to
be analyzed as topicalization or focus movement. Or assuming that
scrambling is feature-driven, how the technical details of this analysis
are implemented in the grammar to avoid unwarranted derivations, for
example, derivations with string-vacuous scrambling. A further important
question that is addressed is when scrambling is acquired in the
development of the grammar, and what the consequences are for the timing of
the acquisition of A- and A'-movement properties.
This volume will be most relevant to researchers and advanced students
interested in generative syntax, as well as typologists working on German,
Japanese, Slavic, Turkish, Dravidian and Austronesian languages.
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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