Haddican, W. (2006) Sentence polarity and word order in Basque. The Linguistic Review, 21 (2). pp. 87-124. ISSN 0167-6318
This paper argues for a new understanding of polarity-sensitive word order alternations in Basque, within a theory of grammar that assumes antisymmetry (Kayne 1994) and only XP movement. Drawing on Cinque's (1999) universal hierarchy of functional heads it argues that the negative order - Neg-Aux-V - is derivationally prior. The affirmative V-aux order is produced by raising of the VP to a position called PolP, which also hosts the negative morpheme ez, in negative sentences, and the emphatic marker, ba, in emphatic affirmatives. An empirical advantage of this proposal over underlying mixed-head approaches to Basque (Laka 1990), Elordieta 2000) is its ability to explain scope taking between negation and evidential particles.
|Institution:||The University of York|
|Academic Units:||The University of York > Language and Linguistic Science (York)|
|Depositing User:||York RAE Import|
|Date Deposited:||09 Feb 2009 15:23|
|Last Modified:||09 Feb 2009 15:23|
|Publisher:||Walter de Gruyter && Co.|