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Gupton, Timothy

The Syntax-Information Structure Interface

Clausal Word Order and the Left Periphery in Galician

Series:Interface Explorations [IE] 29

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

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    Publication Date:
    October 2014
    Copyright year:
    2014
    ISBN
    978-1-61451-205-9
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    It is quite remarkable that, after over a half-century of research in generative grammar, there is still uncertainty and debate surrounding the analysis of preverbal subjects in a number of null-subject languages. The implications of this debate are far-reaching for generative theory: if preverbal subjects are analyzed as non-arguments, it calls into question the proposed universality of the EPP (as in e.g. Alexiadou & Anagnostopoulou 1998), as well as its associated features and feature-strengths.

    Galician, spoken in the northwest of Spain, is an under-documented Romance language within the generative paradigm. In this book,the authordetails an experimental program for establishing clausal word order appropriateness and preferences in a variety of information structure contexts, while informing theoretical debate on preverbal subjects. The experimental methodology and information structure assumptions employed create several testable predictions. The statistical data suggest that Galician is a predominantly SVO language and that preverbal subjects behave like canonical subjects, and not CLLD constituents. The empirical data discussed inform the modified model of the preverbal field thatthe authorproposes for Galician, which takes into account a number of recent analyses of Western Iberian Romance clausal phenomena such as the enclisis-proclisis divide, topicalization, focalization, and recomplementation.

    Details

    xviii, 290 pages
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
    Keyword(s):
    Galician; Information Structure; Preverbal Subject
    Readership:
    Linguists, Romance Studies Scholars, Libraries, Institutes

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    Timothy Gupton, University of Georgia, USA.

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