This book represents the culmination of an extended period of field work on the Palauan language, carried out while I was a graduate student at the University of California at San Diego. The book was born as a short term paper written in 1982; from a forgettable infancy, that paper grew and grew, reaching the age of majority in my dissertation at the end of 1985. Some of its offspring have gone off on their own, as indepen- dent papers, as course materials, or as thoughts that have not yet com- pletely materialized. Some have been disowned. The full adulthood of this study of Palauan is realized in the present book. Virtually every section of the dissertation has been rewritten, updated, or otherwise (I hope) improved. Where the dissertation was still struggling with various problems, the book has found solutions. The aim of the book remains, however, to give broad coverage of Palauan, with emphasis on A' binding, rather than to focus narrowly on a few highly specific theoretical issues. I hope to have achieved a balance between presenting the language clearly and nonprejudicially, and deal- ing with various of its properties in current theoretical terms.
If I have, the book should prove to be a resource for further typological study of the phenomena it describes.
One: Introduction.- Two: Palauan -A Sketch of the Grammar.- Three: The Variable Binding Structures.- Four: Variable Binding.- Five: Embedded Questions and the Scope of WH Phrases.- Six: Crossover Constructions.- References.- Index of Names.- Index of Subjects.