Motivations for second position: Evidence from North-Central Australia

Mushin, Ilana (2006) Motivations for second position: Evidence from North-Central Australia. Linguistic Typology, 10 3: 287-326. doi:10.1515/LINGTY.2006.010

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Author Mushin, Ilana
Title Motivations for second position: Evidence from North-Central Australia
Journal name Linguistic Typology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1430-0532
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1515/LINGTY.2006.010
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 10
Issue 3
Start page 287
End page 326
Total pages 40
Editor F. Plank
Place of publication Germany
Publisher Mouton de Gruyter
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
380207 Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Abstract It has long been observed that many languages from all over the world require that certain grammatical categories (e.g., person, number, tense, modality) occur in the "second position" of a clause. Much of the research into second position has developed formal explanations for this recurring pattern, based on interactions between morphosyntax and phonology. In this article I explore how pragmatics of information packaging interacts with these other features in the development of such morphosyntactic architecture in three North-Central Australian languages: Warlpiri, Wambaya, and Garrwa.
Keyword Australian languages
clitic cluster
information packaging
second position
word order
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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