Chapter

Word order patterns: Head ordering and (dis)harmony

John A. Hawkins

in Cross-Linguistic Variation and Efficiency

Published in print February 2014 | ISBN: 9780199664993
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191748547 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664993.003.0005
Word order patterns: Head ordering and (dis)harmony

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Linguistics
  • Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter gives a brief summary of some corpus word order data from SVO English and SOV Japanese. The patterns are structured by a preference for minimal distances between heads of phrases, supporting Minimize Domains. The same patterns and preferences are found in Greenberg’s word order correlations, i.e. in grammars, and the regular exceptions to these correlations are exactly those that are still highly efficient. The rare languages with mixed head ordering are examined in detail and their numbers are quantified in language samples. The predictions of Minimize Domains and of Maximize Online Processing are compared with the Final-Over-Final Constraint, a grammatical principle. This latter appears to be too strong and too weak and can be replaced by the efficiency principles.

Keywords: Final-Over-Final Constraint; Greenberg’s correlations; head ordering; word order disharmony

Chapter.  10189 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.