Configurationality and Phrase Structure
This chapter presents a variety of theoretical and empirical arguments to claim that in spite of the apparent freedom of word order, the syntactic structure of Kashmiri is not nonconfigurational as previously analyzed by Raina (1991). The implicit argument is that the freedom of word order is not necessarily synonymous with nonconfigurationality. The result of this investigation is significant in that it provides support for Speas’ (1990) claim that, universally, all languages project their arguments configurationally. Specifically, it is suggested that (1) below is the structure of the Kashmiri clause.
KeywordsWord Order Phrase Structure Direct Object Matrix Clause Argument Position
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