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Theoretical Approaches to Disharmonic Word Order$
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Theresa Biberauer and Michelle Sheehan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199684359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684359.001.0001

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Postverbal Constituents in SOV Languages *

Postverbal Constituents in SOV Languages *

(p.270) 10 Postverbal Constituents in SOV Languages*
Theoretical Approaches to Disharmonic Word Order

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Based on the asymmetry between Khalkha and Uyghur, this paper argues that certain postverbal constituents (PVC) in discourse-configurational SOV languages are derived via rightward movement. Rightward movement should not be banned but parameterized based on the EPP effects observed in such languages. EPP in discourse-configurational languages is dependent on features related to information structure, such as topic and focus, (Miyagawa 2004), and imposes certain degree of configurationality onto the phrase structure, regulating the projection of specifiers specifically on the left. This in return blocks the projection of specifiers on the right which host material with opposing information structure related features. However, If a language does not exhibit information structure related EPP effects, then rightward movement will be possible. Thus, the ban on rightward Specs cannot be a universal principle as proposed by Kayne (1994), but is subject to parameterization.

Keywords:   EPP, LCA, rightward movement, postverbal constituents, scrambling, backgrounding

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