Many of the world's languages permit or require clause-initial positioning of the primary predicate, potentially alongside some or all of its dependents. While such predicate fronting (where "fronting" may or may not involve movement) is a widespread phenomenon, it is also subject to intricate and largely unexplained variation. In Parameters of Predicate Fronting, Vera Lee-Schoenfeld and Dennis Ott bring together leaders in the field of comparative syntax to explore the empirical manifestations and theoretical modelling of predicate fronting across languages. There exists by now a rich literature on predicate fronting, but few attempts have been made at synthesizing the resulting empirical observations and theoretical implementations. While individual phenomena have been described in some detail, we are currently far from a complete understanding of the uniformity and variation underlying the wider cross-linguistic picture. This volume takes steps towards this goal by showcasing the state of the art in research on predicate fronting and the parameters governing its realization in a range of diverse languages. Covering topics like prosody, VP-fronting, and predicate doubling across a wide arrange of languages, including English, German, Malagasy, Niuean, Ch'ol, Asante, Twi, Limbum, Krachi, Hebrew, and multiple sign languages, this collection enriches our understanding of the predicate fronting phenomenon. 70
Also available on eBook for £29.79. Click here to purchase from Rakuten Kobo
About the Author
Vera Lee-Schoenfeld is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Georgia. She is the author of Beyond Coherence: The Syntax of Opacity in German (2007).Dennis Ott is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
- Contributor: Vera Lee-Schoenfeld
- Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
- ISBN13: 9780197545553
- Number of Pages: 248
- Packaged Dimensions: 159x242x19mm
- Packaged Weight: 468
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
- Release Date: 2021-10-05
- Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Vera Lee-Schoenfeld is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Georgia. She is the author of Beyond Coherence: The Syntax of Opacity in German (2007).Dennis Ott is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
We hope you are delighted with everything you buy from us. However, if you are not, we will refund or replace your order up to 30 days after purchase. Terms and exclusions apply; find out more from our Returns and Refunds Policy.