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Title: Scrambling and the Survive Principle
Written By: Michael T. Putnam
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 115

Languages with free word orders pose daunting challenges to linguistic
theory because they raise questions about the nature of grammatical
strings. Ross, who coined the term Scrambling to refer to the
relatively 'free' word orders found in Germanic languages (among others)
notes that "... the problems involved in specifying exactly the subset of the
strings which will be generated ... are far too complicated for me to even
mention here, let alone come to grips with" (1967:52). This book offers a
radical re-analysis of middle field Scrambling. It argues that
Scrambling is a concatenation effect, as described in Stroik's
(1999, 2000, 2007) Survive analysis of minimalist syntax, driven by
an interpretable referentiality feature [Ref] to the middle field, where
syntactically encoded features for temporality and other world indices are
checked. The purpose of this book is to investigate the syntactic
properties of middle field Scrambling in synchronic West Germanic
languages, and to explore, to what possible extent we can classify
Scrambling as a 'syntactic phenomenon' within
Survive-minimalist desiderata.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027233799
ISBN-13: 9789027233790
Pages: 231
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