Verb First

Verb First : On the syntax of verb-initial languages

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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.show more

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  • Hardback | 445 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 30.5mm | 657.72g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588116107
  • 9781588116109

Table of contents

1. Contributors; 2. Acknowledgments; 3. Abbreviations; 4. Introduction: When verbs come first (by Carnie, Andrew); 5. Part I. VP movement vs Head-movement; 6. What fronts?: On the VP-raising account of verb-initial order (by Chung, Sandra); 7. Coordination and constituency in St'at'imcets (Lillooet Salish) (by Davis, Henry); 8. Two derivations of VSO: A comparative study of Niuean and Tongan (by Otsuka, Yuko); 9. Force first: Clause-fronting and clause typing in San Lucas Quiavini Zapotec (by Lee, Felicia); 10. V1 and wh-questions: a typology (by Oda, Kenji); 11. Preverbal particles in verb-initial languages (by Bury, Dirk); 12. A note on predicates and heads in Irish clausal syntax (by McCloskey, James); 13. Seediq: Antisymmetry and final particles in a Formosan VOS language (by Holmer, Arthur); 14. VP-internal structure in a VOS language (by Travis, Lisa deMena); 15. Part II. Categories, Information Structure, and Prosodic factors; 16. Lexical categories, lack of inflection, and predicate-fronting in Niuean (by Massam, Diane); 17. Word order without syntactic categories: How Riau Indonesian does it (by Gil, David); 18. Nominal properties of vPs in Breton: A hypothesis for the typology of VSO languages (by Jouitteau, Melanie); 19. On the parallelism of DPs and clauses: Evidence from Kisongo Maasai (by Koopman, Hilda); 20. Ordering clitics and postverbal R-expressions in Tagalog: a unified analysis? (by Billings, Loren); 21. The syntax of Chalcatongo Mixtec: Preverbal and postverbal (by Macaulay, Monica); 22. Accounting for verb-initial order in an Australian language (by Laughren, Mary); 23. References; 24. Indexshow more

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