Article published in:The Limits of Syntactic Variation
Edited by Theresa Biberauer
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 132] 2008
► pp. 411–440
Non-configurationality: Free word order and argument drop in Turkish
This paper investigates free word order and argument drop in Turkish as the twoproperties typically associated with non-configurationality. We will argue thatthese properties follow from the lack of case-driven Agree in Turkish phrasestructure. That is, the case feature in Turkish is not located on the functionalheads T and v, but is available within the thematic domain. In languages likeEnglish, on the other hand, given that case is provided by hierarchically orderedfunctional projections, i.e., TP > vP, arguments forming case-chains with thesefunctional heads get represented within a hierarchical configuration. Lack of suchchain formation in Turkish is what creates the flat structure effect, which in turnfacilitates free word order and argument drop.
Published online: 17 September 2008
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