Verb First

On the syntax of verb-initial languages

Andrew Carnie | The University of Arizona
Heidi Harley | The University of Arizona
Sheila Dooley | The University of Arizona
ISBN 9789027227973 (Eur) | EUR 140.00
ISBN 9781588116109 (USA) | USD 210.00
ISBN 9789027294753 | EUR 140.00 | USD 210.00
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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.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 73] 2005.  xiv, 431 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This books presents valuable insights into the syntax of a variety of verb-initial languages and as such is a great contribution to our understanding of syntax. Accounting for word order across languages is one of the main goals of syntactic theory, yet it is the word order problems that often present the toughest challenges for syntacticians. The research represented in this book goes a long way in elucidating the issues related to a particular subset of word orders, those where the verb comes first.
As such, this book not only provides an overview of the cutting-edge research on this subject, but also sets goals for future research.”
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Clemens, Lauren Eby & Maria Polinsky
2017. Verb‐Initial Word Orders, Primarily in Austronesian and Mayan Languages. In The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Syntax, Second Edition,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
MAKI, HIDEKI & D^|^Oacute;NALL P. ^|^Oacute; BAOILL
2007. Deriving the Verb-Initial Order (A. Carnie, H. Harley and S. A. Dooley (eds.), Verb First: On the Syntax of Verb-Initial Languages). ENGLISH LINGUISTICS 24:2  pp. 485 ff. DOI logo
2022.  Vera Lee-Schoenfeld & Dennis Ott (eds.), Parameters of predicate fronting (Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021. Pp. vii + 225.. Journal of Linguistics 58:3  pp. 690 ff. DOI logo
Sabbagh, Joseph
2014. Word Order and Prosodic‐Structure Constraints in Tagalog. Syntax 17:1  pp. 40 ff. DOI logo

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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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