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Query:   More on left-right asymmetries of word order variation
Author:  bingfu lu
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Syntax

Summary:   I GOT SEVERAL RESPONSES SINCE I POSTED MY QUERY ABOUT THE LEFT-RIGHT ASYMMETRIES OF WORD ORDER VARIATION. THE FOLLOWING INTERIM SUMMARY MAY BE HELPFUL FOR FURTHER OBSERVATIONS.

QUESTIONING OF DATA

TWO NETTERS (JON ASKE AND V\\237CTOR V\\225ZQUEZ MART\\237NEZ) QUESTION THE SPANISH DATA IN MY POSTING AS FOLLOWS.

A. EL PRIMER BUEN CAPITULO
THE FIRST GOOD CHAPTER
'THE FIRST GOOD CHAPTER'

B. * EL BUEN PRIMER CAPITULO
THE GOOD FIRST CHAPTER

C. EL CAPITULO PRIMERO BUENO
THE CHAPTER FIRST GOOD

D. EL CAPITULO BUENO PRIMERO
THE CHAPTER GOOD FIRST

HOWEVER, THEIR JUDGEMENTS ARE NOT COMPLETELY CONSISTENT. ASKE REGARDS ALL
FOUR, INCLUDING (B) PERFECT; WHILE MART\\237NEZ REGARDS (B) AS GOOD BUT (D) IS
STRANGE. WELL, I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT SPANISH AND MY SPANISH DATA IS
TAKEN FROM:
TERKER, ANDREW M. 1980. LINEAR ORDER AND INTONATION IN THE SPANISH NOUN
PHRASE. UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON DISSERTATION. PP 109-111.

/ IF THIS EXAMPLE IS NOT GOOD, HOW ABOUT THE FOLLOWING DATA FROM
THE SAME BOOK.

A. SUS AMABLES AMIGOS
HIS LIKEABLE FRIENDS
'HIS LIKEABLE FRIENDS'

B. * LOS AMABLES SUYOS AMIGOS
THE LIKEABLE HIS FRIENDS

C. LOS AMIGOS AMABLES SUYOS
THE FRIENDS LIKEABLE HIS

D. LOS AMIGOS SUYOS AMABLES
THE FRIENDS HIS LIKEABLE

WHEN BOTH SUYOS/SUS 'HIS' AND AMABLES 'LIKEABLE' PRECEDE THE HEAD NOUN,
ONLY ONE ORDER IS ALLOWED (SUYOS MUST TAKE SHORT FORM SUS WHEN IT PRECEDES
OTHER MODIFIERS IN PRENOMINAL POSITION); WHEN BOTH FOLLOW, THE TWO
ALTERNATIVES ARE BOTH ALLOWED.
HOPEFULLY MORE CLEAR EXAMPLES MIGHT BE FOUND IN OTHER LANGUAGES LIKE
RUSSIAN,WHERE WORD ORDER IS FREER AND AS I KNOW THERE IS STILL A UNMARKED,
DOMINANT ORDER AMONG MULTIPLEPRENOMINAL MODIFIERS. ANY RUSSIAN NATIVE
SPEAKER CAN HELP CHECK IT OUT?


FURTHER SPECIFICATION OF THE ISSUE

LET ME SPECIFY MY QUESTION FURTHER. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THERE
ARE MANY LEFT-RIGHT ASYMMETRICAL PHENOMENA AND I AM NOW CONCERNED ONLY
WITH THE ASYMMETRIES OF

LL Issue: 9.359
Date Posted: 11-Mar-1998
Original Query: Read original query