Ordering Principles, Domain Integrity, and Discontinuity

J. Rijkhoff

in The Noun Phrase

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780198237822
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706776 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory

Ordering Principles, Domain Integrity, and Discontinuity

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This chapter concentrates on the principles that determine the relative order of constituents in the noun phrase. Shifts in the relative impact of these principles often cause fundamental changes in the ordering patterns of a language. These and certain other general properties of ordering principles are briefly discussed, and a tentative typology of ordering principles is presented. The principle of domain integrity is introduced, along with cases of discontinuity in the larger context of iconicity, a notion that proves to be fundamental in the explanation of word order patterns in general. A more general morpho-syntactic characterisation of the languages in the sample is given, concentrating on three major typological features: basic word order, relators (preposition, postposition, case marking), and the coding of referents in the predicate.

Keywords: noun phrase; word order; domain integrity; discontinuity; iconicity; relators; referents; predicate

Chapter.  8945 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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