Word Order and Scrambling introduces readers to recent research into the linguistic phenomenon called scrambling. The contributions, from some of the leading authorities in the field, explore major issues including the factors responsible for word order variations, how the scrambled constructions are processed, and whether these variations are available in early child language development and in second language acquisition. The book discusses a number of typologically diverse languages including Persian, Japanese, and Navajo, and provides enlightening information on different aspects of word order variation and the consequences for our understanding of the nature of human language. Word Order and Scrambling is a valuable contribution to the fields of theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, and applied linguistics.
Simin Karimi is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. She is on the Editorial Board of Linguistic Analysis, and has published widely in journals such as Linguistic Inquiry, The Linguistic Review and Linguistic Analysis.
Acknowledgments. Notes on Contributors. Introduction by Simin Karimi. 1.Topic and Focus Scope Positions in Navajo (Kenneth Hale, Eloise Jelinek, and MaryAnn Willie) 2. Argument Scrambling, Operator Movement, and Topic Movement in Hungarian (Katalin E. Kiss) 3. Grammatical Relations in Tohono O'odham: An Instrumental Perspective (Mizuki Miyashita, Richard Demers, and Delbert Ortiz) 4. Bare Nominals: Non-Specific and Contrastive Readings under Scrambling (Veneeta Dayal) 5. On Object Positions, Specificity, and Scrambling in Persian (Simin Karimi) 6. Scrambling, Subscrambling, and Case in Turkish (Jaklin Kornfilt) 7. Does Russian Scrambling Exist (John Frederick Bailyn) 8. A-Movement Scrambling and Options Without Optionality (Shigeru Miyagawa) 9. Scrambling in Dutch: Optionality and Optimality (Helen de Hoop) 10. Word Order and (Remnant) VP Movement (Anoop Mahajan) 11. Non-Canonical Word Order: Topic and Focus in Adult and Child Tamil (Vaijayanthi Sarma) 12. L2 Acquisition of Japanese: Knowledge and Use of Case Particles in SOV and OSV Sentences (Noriko Iwasaki) 13. Scrambling and Processing: Dependencies, Complexity, and Constraints (Irina A. Sekerina) 14. WH-Movement versus Scrambling: The Brain Makes a Difference (Angela D. Friederici, Matthias Schlesewsky, and Christian J. Fiebach) References. Index.