UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 8 (1996)

Configurationality and Greek clause structure



This paper discusses the issue of configurationality, with particular reference to Greek clause structure and word order. First it offers an overview of phrase-structure approaches to word order and discusses issues related to stylistic movement and the configurationality parameter. Then I go on to present and critically evaluate existing accounts of Greek word order, focusing upon the distinction between a configurational and a non-configurational approach to Greek clause structure. My conclusion is that fully configurational approaches fail to account for a number of data, whereas existing GB-based flat accounts, which invoke a universal configurational parameter, are incompatible with the latest evolutions of the Government and Binding Model, as instantiated by the Minimalist Program.

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