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.
1. Introduction (by Payne, Doris L.), p1; 2. Is basic word order universal? (by Mithun, Marianne), p15; 3. Basic word order in two "free word order" languages (by Hale, Kenneth L.), p63; 4. The privilege of primacy: experimental data and cognitive explanations (by Gernsbacher, Morton Ann), p83; 5. Information distribution in Ojibwa (by Tomlin, Russell S.), p117; 6. Nonidentifiable information and pragmatic order rules in 'O'odham (by Payne, Doris L.), p137; 7. Word order in Klamath (by Sundberg Meyer, Karen), p167; 8. Word order and topicality in Nez Perce (by Rude, Noel), p193; 9. Verb-subject order in Polish (by Jacennik, Barbara), p209; 10. The pragmatics of word order variation in Chamorro narrative text (by Cooreman, Ann), p243; 11. Word order and temporal sequencing (by Myhill, John), p265; 12. Word order and discourse type: an Austronesian example (by Quakenbush, J. Stephen), p279; 13. On interpreting text-distributional correlations: some methodological issues (by Givon, T.), p305
Series: Typological Studies in Language
Number Of Pages: 326
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 18.3
Weight (kg): 0.56