Narrow Syntax and Phonological Form

Scrambling in the Germanic languages

Gema Chocano | Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
ISBN 9789027233738 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
ISBN 9789027292636 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
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‘Scrambling’, the kind of word order variation found in West Germanic languages, has been commonly treated as a phenomenon completely unrelated to North Germanic ‘Object Shift’. This book questions this view and defends a unified analysis on the basis of strictly syntactic and phonological evidence. Given that its main conclusions are drawn from German data, it also sheds light on several problematic aspects of the grammar of this language, which have traditionally resisted a principled account. Prominent among these are: the inconsistent behaviour of German coherent infinitives with respect to extraction of their internal arguments; the existence of a less ‘liberal’ type of ‘Scrambling’ within topicalised VPs; the link between reordering possibilities and headfinalness; the asymmetry exhibited by monotransitive and ditransitive structures with respect to the interaction between ‘Scrambling’ and the unmarked word order, and, finally, certain anomalies in the reordering of the lower arguments of ditransitive predicates that assign inherent case.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 109] 2007.  x, 333 pp.
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“This is a valuable piece of work that can be used as a reference book for an in-depth analysis of German data and theoretical accounts underlying them. The system proposed in this work to account for German scrambling and Object Schift is stimulating and inspiring, and opens up the floor to further discussions of word-order rearrangements in other languages.”
“This is essential reading for anyone interested in ‘Scrambling’ and ‘Object Shift’. Drawing on a wide range of empirical evidence from German, Chocano provides syntactic and phonological evidence for the unification of these linguistic phenomena within a phase-based approach, with important consequences for many languages.”
“Gema Chocano takes of on the daunting task attempting to explain problematic data involving Germanic scrambling such as the Freezing/Anti-freezing Paradox and Coherent Infinitives and through herefforts significantly expands our knowledge of the syntactic and phonological characteristics of this linguistic phenomenon with the aid of current minimalist theory. The arguments put forward in this book are intriguing and thought-provoking. To her credit, Chocano adopts a novel approach to Germanic scrambling and provides her readership with valuable new perspectives.This work will undoubtedly serve as a catalyst for discussion and research into Germanic scrambling and the interaction between the narrowsyntax and PF.”
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Cited by 3 other publications

Broekhuis, Hans
2020. The Unification of Object Shift and Object Scrambling. In The Cambridge Handbook of Germanic Linguistics,  pp. 413 ff. DOI logo
Chocano, Gema
2008. Scrambling and the Survive Principle. By Michael T. Putnam. (Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 115.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 2007. Pp. ix, 216. Hardcover. €105. doi:10.1017/S1470542708000081. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 20:3  pp. 275 ff. DOI logo
Karimi, Simin
2008. Scrambling. Language and Linguistics Compass 2:6  pp. 1271 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007014515 | Marc record