Studies in Brythonic Word Order
While Celtic languages are nominally VSO in basic word order, the languages of the Brythonic branch have exhibited striking synchronic and historical variations from the prototype. This volume comprises the very latest research in word order in Welsh, reton and Cornish from nine of the leading scholars in the field. The studies deal with historical, typological and descriptive issues from several approaches (including philological, functional and government and binding). The scope ranges over all the Brythonic languages, as well as the entire diachronic spectrum from the proto-language up to the most recent colloquial trends. The volume provides the expert with a collection of state-of-the-art research and the non-specialist with a comprehensive survey of the problems and debates in a language grouping fraught with intricate questions of word order and word order change.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 83] 1991. x, 360 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction — Word order in BrythonicJames Fife and Erich Poppe | p. vii
On the history of Brittonic syntaxJohn Koch | p. 1
Further notes on constituent order in WelshProinsias Mac Cana | p. 45
Focus and the Welsh ‘Abnormal Sentence’: A cross-linguistic perspectiveJames Fife and Gareth King | p. 81
Word order in Cyfranc Lludd a Llefelys: Notes on the pragmatics of constituent-ordering in MW narrative proseErich Poppe | p. 155
Notes on word order in Beunans MeriasekKen J. George | p. 205
Some constituent-order frequencies in classical Welsh proseJames Fife | p. 251
Discourse pragmatics of NP-initial sentences in BretonLenora A. Timm | p. 275
The directionality of the Head subcategorizational in WelshMaggie Tallerman | p. 311
The function of the Cleft and Non-cleft constituent orders in modern WelshT. Arwyn Watkins | p. 329
Subject index | p. 353
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