The Syntax of Verb Initial Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Carnie, Andrew and Eithne Guilfoyle (2000) The Syntax of Verb Initial Languages. Oxford University Press


This volume contains twelve chapters on the derivation of and the correlates to verb initial word order. The studies in this volume cover such widely divergent languages as Irish, Welsh, Scots Gaelic, Old Irish, Biblical Hebrew, Jakaltek, Mam, Lummi (Straits Salish), Niuean, Malagasy, Palauan, K'echi', and Zapotec, from a wide variety of theoretical perspectives, including Minimalism, information structure, and sentence processing. The first book to take a crosslinguistic comparative approach to verb initial syntax, this volume provides new data to some old problems anddebates and explores some innovative approaches to the derivation of verb initial order.

Hardback: ISBN10: 019513222X
Paperback:ISBN10: 0195132238
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Table of contents:

  • Contributers
  • Chapter 1. Introduction: Andrew Carnie and Eithne Guilfoyle
  • Chapter 2. Celtic Initials. Randall Hendrick
  • Chapter 3. VSO Order as Raising out of IP? Evidence from Old Irish. Andrew Carnie, Heidi Harley and Elizabeth Pyatt
  • Chapter 4. Tense and N-features in Irish. Eithne Guilfoyle
  • Chapter 5. VSO and left-conjunct Agreement: Biblical Hebrew vs. Modern Hebrew. Edit Doron
  • Chapter 6. VSO and VOS: Aspects of Niuean Word Order. Diane Massam
  • Chapter 7. V-initial Languages: X or XP Movemetn and Adverbial Placement. Andrea Rackowski and Lisa deMena Travis
  • Chapter 8. VP Remnant Movement and VSO in Quiaviní Zapotec. Felicia Lee
  • Chapter 9. Locus Operandi. Ray Freeze and Garol Georgopoulos
  • Chapter 10. Prosodic Conditions on Anaphora and Clitics in Jakaltek. Judith Aissen
  • Chapter 11. Animacy Hierarchies and Sentence Processing. Seth Minkoff
  • Chapter 12. Predicate Raising in Lummi, Straits Salish. Eloise Jelinek.
  • References
  • Index

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