Postverbal Behavior

Thomas Wasow

Postverbal Behavior
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Thomas Wasow

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199 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2002
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781575864013 Published July 2002
Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9781575864020 Published July 2002
Compared to many languages, English has relatively fixed word order, but the ordering among phrases following the verb exhibits a good deal of variation. This monograph explores factors that influence the choice among possible orders of postverbal elements, testing hypotheses using a combination of corpus studies and psycholinguistic experiments. Wasow's final chapters explore how studies of language use bear on issues in linguistic theory, with attention to the roles of quantitative data and Chomsky's arguments against the use of statistics and probability in linguistics.
1. Introduction
2. Grammatical Weight
3. Information Structure and Weight
4. Additional Factors
5. Theoretical and Metatheoretical Implications
6. Methodological Issues
Name Index
Subject Index
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