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The use of prosody as a diagnostic for syntactic structure: The case of verb-initial order

Lauren Clemens

in Parameters of Predicate Fronting

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780197545553
eISBN:
9780197545591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197545553.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

A major challenge in developing prosodic arguments to support or refute syntactic analyses is to discern when prosody transparently reflects syntax, verses when the correspondence between syntax and ... More


Syntactic ergativity as absolutive movement in Tongic Polynesian

Lauren Clemens and Rebecca Tollan

in Polynesian Syntax and its Interfaces

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780198860839
eISBN:
9780191892905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198860839.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

We propose a unified account of the presence of syntactic ergativity and the availability of variable post-verbal word order in the Tongic branch of Polynesian languages. In Tongan, ergative subjects ... More


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