Abstract

Abstract:

Miami-Illinois is a nonconfigurational language with what is often described as free word order. Word order is not used to distinguish subjects and objects; topical information is preverbal, while nontopical or backgrounded information is postverbal. Moreover, certain other grammatical categories almost always occur preverbally, other elements usually occur postverbally, and discontinuous constituents are common. Additionally, significant variation in word order is seen among the different speakers and time periods of the language. Taken together, these facts indicate that the concept of “basic word order” as it is applied to configurational languages is not useful in describing Miami-Illinois word order.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-6527
Print ISSN
0003-5483
Pages
pp. 349-389
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-05
Open Access
No
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