Word Order in Discourse

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This volume brings together a collection of 18 papers dealing with the problem of word order variation in discourse. Word order variation has often been treated as an essentially unpredictable phenomenon, a matter of selecting randomly one of the set of possible orders generated by the grammar. However, as the papers in this collection show, word order variation is not random, but rather governed by principles which can be subjected to scientific investigation and are common to all languages.

The papers in this volume discuss word order variation in a diverse collection of languages and from a number of perspectives, including experimental and quantitative text based studies. A number of papers address the problem of deciding which order is 'basic' among the alternatives. The volume will be of interest to typologists, to other linguists interested in problems of word order variation, and to those interested in discourse syntax.

[Typological Studies in Language, 30]  1995.  x, 595 pp.
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Table of Contents
List of abbreviations
ix
Word order in discourse: By way of introduction
Pamela A. Downing
1–27
What are discourse principles made of?
Ron Cowan
29–49
Agent position in the Sejarah Melayu
Susanna Cumming
51–83
Preverbal nominals in Colville-Okanagan
Michael Darnell
85–104
Frequency and pragmatically unmarked word order
Matthew S. Dryer
105–135
Subject-verb word order and the function of early position
Bruce B. Harold
137–161
Focus position in SOV languages
Susan C. Herring and John C. Paolillo
163–198
Word order at the noun phrase level in Japanese: quantifier constructions and discourse functions
Alan Hyun-Oak Kim
199–246
WH-clefs and left-dislocation in English conversation: cases of topicalization
Kyu-hyun Kim
247–296
Pragmatic relations and word order in Chinese
Randy J. LaPolla
297–329
Left shifts in strongly VSO languages
Robert E. Longacre
331–354
The pragmatics of verb initial sentences in some ancient Indo-European languages
Silvia Luraghi
355–386
Morphological and prosodic forces shaping word order
Marianne Mithun
387–423
The word order of two-constituent constructions in spoken Spanish
Francisco Ocampo
425–447
Verb initial languages and information order
Doris L. Payne
449–485
On the discourse function of possessor movement in Emai prose narratives
Ronald P. Schaefer
487–515
Focal attention, voice, and word order: an experimental, cross-linguistic study
Russell S. Tomlin
517–554
Noun incorporation and object placement in discourse: the case of Guaraní
Maura Velázquez-Castillo
555–579
Subject Index
581–589
Author Index
591–605
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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