Verb First

On the syntax of verb-initial languages

| The University of Arizona
| The University of Arizona
| The University of Arizona
ISBN 9789027227973 (Eur) | EUR 140.00
ISBN 9781588116109 (USA) | USD 210.00
ISBN 9789027294753 | EUR 140.00 | USD 210.00
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
Table of Contents
Introduction: When verbs come first
Andrew Carnie, Sheila Ann Dooley and Heidi Harley
Part I. VP movement vs Head-movement
What fronts? On the VP-raising account of verb-initial order
Sandra Chung
Coordination and constituency in St’át’imcets (Lillooet Salish)
Henry Davis
Two derivations of VSO: A comparative study of Niuean and Tongan
Yuko Otsuka
Force first: Clause-fronting and clause typing in San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec
Felicia Lee
V1 and wh-questions: a typology
Kenji Oda
Preverbal particles in verb-initial languages
Dirk Bury
A note on predicates and heads in Irish clausal syntax
James McCloskey
Seediq: Antisymmetry and final particles in a Formosan VOS language
Arthur Holmer
VP-internal structure in a VOS language
Lisa deMena Travis
Part II. Categories, Information Structure, and Prosodic factors
Lexical categories, lack of inflection, and predicate-fronting in Niuean
Diane Massam
Word order without syntactic categories: How Riau Indonesian does it
David Gil
Nominal properties of vPs in Breton: A hypothesis for the typology of VSO languages
Mélanie Jouitteau
On the parallelism of DPs and clauses: Evidence from Kisongo Maasai
Hilda Koopman
Ordering clitics and postverbal R-expressions in Tagalog: a unified analysis?
Loren Billings
The syntax of Chalcatongo Mixtec: Preverbal and postverbal
Monica Macaulay
Accounting for verb-initial order in an Australian language
Mary Laughren, Robert Pensalfini and Tom Mylne
“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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Cited by 2 other publications

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. Crossref logo
Sabbagh, Joseph
2014. Word Order and Prosodic-Structure Constraints in Tagalog. Syntax 17:1  pp. 40 ff. Crossref logo

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