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Abels, K; (2015) Word Order. In: Alexiadou, A and Kiss, T, (eds.) Syntax - Theory and Analysis: An International Handbook. (pp. 1400-1448). De Gruyter Mouton: Berlin, Germany. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter discusses different theories of free word order alternations that commonly go by the name of scrambling. The main example discussed here is Mittelfeld scrambling in German. The chapter argues that scrambling is a genuinely syntactic process with reflexes both in the phonology (word order) and the semantics (binding and scope). The chapter then briefly introduces the three approaches to scrambling that have dominated the literature: trace-based accounts, base generation accounts, linearization-based accounts. Their main strengths and weaknesses are outlined and the most important lines of debate are sketched. The conclusion briefly turns to non-configurationality.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Word Order
ISBN-13: 9783110363708
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/9783110363708-017
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110363708-017
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2015 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/87484
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