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Theoretical Approaches to Disharmonic Word Order

Theresa Biberauer and Michelle Sheehan


This book presents a study of word order, focusing in particular on disharmonic word order, where head-complement pairs fail to pattern alike within a given language. The Chapters consider the theoretical implications of these word orders from a variety of perspectives and on the basis of data from a wide range of languages, including Afrikaans, Basque, German, English, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Mòcheno (a Tyrolean dialect), Hixkaryana (a Carib language of Brazil) as well as Khalkha and Uyghur (Turkic languages). The volume begins with a substantial introduction to the study of word order a ... More

Keywords: word order, disharmony, harmony, formal explanation, functional explanation

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684359
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684359.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theresa Biberauer, editor
Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Michelle Sheehan, editor
Research Associate, University of Cambridge

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1 Theoretical Approaches to Disharmonic Word Order


Part I On the Nature of Disharmony

Part II The Role of Prosody

7 A Stress-Based Theory of Disharmonic Word Orders*

Hisao Tokizaki and Yasutomo Kuwana

Part III The Question of Antisymmetry

Part IV Novel Alternatives to Antisymmetry

Part V The Final-over-Final Constraint