Configurationality and Phrase Structure

  • Rakesh Mohan Bhatt
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 46)


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.


Word Order Phrase Structure Direct Object Matrix Clause Argument Position 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rakesh Mohan Bhatt
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  1. 1.University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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