Университетско издателство "Неофит Рилски"

Заглавие: ASPECTS OF THE THEORY OF SCRAMBLING
Тематика: Български език с филологии
Автори: Яна Чанкова
ISBN: 978-954-00-0088-6
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Цена: 8.70лв.
Страници: 157
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The study of Scrambling phenomena in languages has been an active domain since the late 1960s and has fed in an extensive body of literature on Scrambling, Object Shift and related topics, implemented in several different frameworks and proposing multiple analyses of the linguistic data on the macro- and micro level. The various theoretical and conceptual frameworks have not only provided different contexts for interpretation of the properties of Scrambling phenomena in the world's languages, but they have also traced out a variety of perspectives for complementary research. Adding to the puzzle, proposals within the same overall framework have started with different points of departure and have shed light on many residual issues that could have easily been neglected otherwise.

Previous research has raised the level of discussion to a point where the syntactic nature of Scrambling operations, the structural conditions for these to apply, the types of constituents that are most likely to scramble, and the basic properties of the source and target positions of the scrambling constituents have been considered in terms of a variety of theoretical models, and it has also raised quite a few intriguing questions, pertaining to the analysis of Scrambling in individual languages and the identification of the cross-linguistic similarities and differences within the field, some of which the present study strives to solve.

As a first approximation, I take Scrambling to be a kind of short-distance leftward displacement operation that moves internal Arguments and Adjuncts out of their base generated positions inside VP to a position that is above vP/ VP 'higher' but lower than TP in the case of short distance Scrambling (much in line with Richards 2004 and Wallenberg 2009) or to a position above VP/ VP 'lower' in the case of VP-internal Scrambling. The present research assumes a movement approach to Scrambling (both VP-internal and short distance) and is conducted within a post-Minimalist mode of enquiry.

From the perspective of a post-Minimalist syntax, this study revisits the core properties of Scrambling and some basic assumptions regarding these properties on the basis of corpora in two Old Germanic languages, viz The York-Toronto-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Old English Prose (Taylor, Warner, Pintzuk, Beths 2003) for O(ld) E(nglish) (West Germanic) and The Corpus of Íslendinga Sögur (Kristjánsdóttir, Rögnvaldsson, Ingólfsdóttir, Thorsson 1998) for O(ld) Ice(landic) (North Germanic).

OE and OIce double object constructions involving trivalent verbs of the give-class characterized by the Theta grid <Agent, Benefactive/ Recipient, Theme> come within the focus of the current analysis. Three-place predicates of the give-type commonly exhibit the indirect object (Dat(ive)) - direct object (Acc(usative)) order of Arguments in (S)VO clauses in unmarked sentence structure in both OE and OIce, but they may under certain conditions generate an alternative direct object - indirect object order...


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