Informational constraints on syntax in Ponca and Omaha

Informational constraints on syntax in Ponca and Omaha
Author: Bryan James Gordon
Publisher: University of Minnesota
Publication date: N.A.
Number of pages: 32
Format: PDF / excellent
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This paper presents the results of a corpus study of Ponca and Omaha (OP2) texts, and an argument for a bidirectional implication between backgrounded information status and the postverbal position for OP referring expressions. Whereas OP have mostly SOV word order, they have been analysed as freewordorder due to the abundance of orders other than SOV. The p0resent work contributes to descriptive adequacy by associating “free” ordering variants with information structure; and to explanatory adequacy by considering the descriptive facts as emergent from an interface between syntactic structures and an informational component designed to optimise speech production and processing in their socialcognitive context.
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0. Introduction
1. Theoretical background
(1) a. centre of attention
b. contrastive
(2) antitopic
2. Methodology
2.1 Quantitative evidence
2.2 Centre of attention and the postverbal position
2.3 Contrast and the postverbal position
2.4 Exceptions?
2.5 Afterthoughts?
3.0 Proverbal antitopics
3.1 Multiple antitopics
3.2 Repetition
3.3 Special discourse structures
3.4 Elaboration
4. Cross-linguistic comparison
5.0 Limitations
5.1 Broader implications and future directions
5.1.0 Antitopic and background
5.1.1 Hybrid models
5.1.2 Comparative information structure
5.1.3 Applicatins
5.2 Conclusion
References m


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