Pragmatics of Word Order Flexibility

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For some time the assumption has been widely held that for a majority of the world's languages, one can identify a “basic” order of subject and object relative to the verb, and that when combined with other facts of the language, the “basic” order constitutes a useful way of typologizing languages. New debate has arisen over varying definitions of “basic”, with investigators encountering languages where branding a particular order of grammatical relations as basic yielded no particular insightfulness. This work asserts that explanatory factors behind word order variation go beyond the syntactic and are to be found in studies of how the mind grammaticizes forms, processes information, and speech act theory considerations of speakers' attempts to get their hearers to build one, rather than another, mental representation of incoming information. Thus three domains must be distinguished in understanding order variation: syntactic, cognitive and pragmatic. The works in this volume explore various aspects of this assertion.
[Typological Studies in Language, 22]  1992.  viii, 320 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Doris L. Payne
1
Is basic word order universal?
Marianne Mithun
15
Basic word order in two “free word order” languages
Kenneth L. Hale
63
The privilege of primacy: experimental data and cognitive explanations
Morton Ann Gernsbacher and David Hargreaves
83
Information distribution in Ojibwa
Russell S. Tomlin and Richard A. Rhodes
117
Nonidentifiable information and pragmatic order rules in ‘O’odham
Doris L. Payne
137
Word order in Klamath
Karen Sundberg Meyer
167
Word order and topicality in Nez Perce
Noel Rude
193
Verb-subject order in Polish
Barbara Jacennik and Matthew S. Dryer
209
The pragmatics of word order variation in Chamorro narrative text
Ann Cooreman
243
Word order and temporal sequencing
John Myhill
265
Word order and discourse type: an Austronesian example
J. Stephen Quakenbush
279
On interpreting text-distributional correlations: some methodological issues
T. Givón
305
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  92005354