Dialogue 2008

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This paper published in the proceedings of the ‘Dialogue 2008’ conference (see the updated link to the ‘Dialogue’ annual conferences in formal linguistics http://www.dialog-21.ru/)  is addressed the problem of word order calculus in scrambling languages as Modern Russian and outlines an approach to harmonization of local and global rules in syntax. I argue that both linearization of maximal projections and the placement of the main phrasal accent are ruled out in Russian by some local rules of an n-level, whereas the input of global rules of the n+1-level rely on the output of the n-level. I also demonstrate that it is possible to build a word order calculus for languages with an unbounded scrambling, where permutating arguments may belong to different verbal heads. I argue that one can approach such a calculus, if one considers pairs of sentences with the same numeration, but different constituent order and accent markings, since both constituent order and the distribution of phrasal accents in communicatively derived sentences is predictable in Russian. It is possible to apply a modified movement (i.e. feature-driven) analysis to ordered pairs of sentences, where two or more pairs of elements change their surface position and/or accent markings, and treat only one of the shifts as Active movement, by explaining all other changes as Remnant movement.

An abridged English version of the outlined analysis, with focus made on constituent order, my be found in my guest lecture at the 2nd International conference ‘Syntactic Structures’: Moscow, 3-4 April 2008.syntactic-structures-2

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