The Position of the Subject in Spoken Saudi Arabic: A Processing Perspective

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/233511
Title:
The Position of the Subject in Spoken Saudi Arabic: A Processing Perspective
Author:
Thompson, Ellen; Werfelli, Sawsan
Affiliation:
Florida International University
Publisher:
University of Arizona Linguistics Circle
Journal:
Coyote Papers: Working Papers in Linguistics, Linguistic Theory at the University of Arizona
Issue Date:
2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/233511
Abstract:
One 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.
Type:
Article; text
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
0894-4539

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorThompson, Ellenen_US
dc.contributor.authorWerfelli, Sawsanen_US
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.en_US
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
dc.typetexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentFlorida International Universityen_US
dc.identifier.journalCoyote Papers: Working Papers in Linguistics, Linguistic Theory at the University of Arizonaen_US
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