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Information StructureTheoretical, Typological, and Experimental Perspectives$
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Malte Zimmermann and Caroline Féry

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570959.001.0001

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Information structure and unmarked word order in (Older) Germanic

Information structure and unmarked word order in (Older) Germanic

(p.282) 12 Information structure and unmarked word order in (Older) Germanic
Information Structure

Roland Hinterhölzl (Contributor Webpage)

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In chapter 12 ‘Information Structure and Unmarked Word order in (Older) Germanic’, Roland Hinterhözl proposes a novel interface‐based account to the distinction between OV‐ and VO‐languages in Germanic. Dispensing with the head complement parameter, he argues that the unmarked word order in these languages is determined by two types of mapping conditions at the interfaces to PF and LF. The chapter investigates mixed OV/VO orders in the OHG Tatian translation and shows that OHG cannot be treated as a language with basic OV‐order plus a higher degree of extraposition. Instead, it is shown that word order is predominantly determined by information‐structural restrictions in OHG. The account is embedded in a phase‐based model of the interaction between syntactic, prosodic and information‐structural conditions that define the characteristic word order properties of OV‐ and VO‐languages in Germanic.

Keywords:   mixed OV/VO word order, interface conditions, phases, multiple Spell‐out, head complement parameter

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