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dc.contributor.authorThompson, Ellen
dc.contributor.authorWerfelli, Sawsan
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-12T22:46:13Z
dc.date.available2012-07-12T22:46:13Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.issn0894-4539
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/233511
dc.description.abstractOne of the most widely-discussed issues in Arabic syntax concerns the position of the subject. In this work, we investigate the processing of verb-initial and subject-initial structures in spoken Saudi Arabic in order to shed light on this debate. We examine the processing times associated with these constructions and argue that processing considerations provide evidence for a particular conception of Arabic syntax according to which VSO order is derived with the subject remaining in VP and verb raising over the subject, while SVO order is derived with the subject raising out of VP to Spec, TP, or to a higher Inflectional Phrase, and the verb raising to a position lower than the subject.
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona Linguistics Circleen_US
dc.titleThe Position of the Subject in Spoken Saudi Arabic: A Processing Perspectiveen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.contributor.departmentFlorida International Universityen_US
dc.identifier.journalCoyote Papers: Working Papers in Linguistics, Linguistic Theory at the University of Arizonaen_US
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-26T17:59:48Z
html.description.abstractOne of the most widely-discussed issues in Arabic syntax concerns the position of the subject. In this work, we investigate the processing of verb-initial and subject-initial structures in spoken Saudi Arabic in order to shed light on this debate. We examine the processing times associated with these constructions and argue that processing considerations provide evidence for a particular conception of Arabic syntax according to which VSO order is derived with the subject remaining in VP and verb raising over the subject, while SVO order is derived with the subject raising out of VP to Spec, TP, or to a higher Inflectional Phrase, and the verb raising to a position lower than the subject.


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