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Heidari A, Rouhi A. Scrambling in Azari-Turkish Based on Probe-Goal Model of Minimalism. LRR 2014; 5 (1) :27-44
URL: http://lrr.modares.ac.ir/article-14-12279-en.html
1- Ph.D. candidate in General Linguistics, Payame Noor University, Ardabil, Iran
2- Assistant Professor in Teaching English, Noor University, Ardabil, Iran
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In languages, which have free word-order property, different constituents of a sentence might be permuted due to scrambling. Miyagawa (2001) argues that in Azari Turkish, scrambling gets non-subject constituents to move to TP specifier while the subject remains in-situ in the specifier of vP. In the present study, resorting to the agreement operation in the probe-goal model of minimalism program and presenting examples, we attempt to propose that contrary to Miyagawa's argumentations, the constituent in vP specifier has to move to TP specifier to meet the double role agreement requirement (T[-interpretable] feature checking and receiving nominative case). In Azari-Turkish, because of scrambling, non-subject constituents like object in the process of agreement during syntactic derivation moves to the position preceding TP, which is labeled as focus position simply because TP specifier has already been filled by the subject. Then in Azari-Turkish, scrambling has to be assumed as topicalization, which makes non-subject constituents move to the focus position preceding TP specifier.  
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Article Type: Research Paper | Subject: Linguistics
Published: 2014/03/21

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