Word order variation in Khoekhoe





Khoekhoe, a Central Khoisan language, has been claimed to have a clause-second position and topological fields similar to German and Dutch. The position in front of the clause-second position can be occupied by either the matrix verb or a dependent. We argue that monomoraic words are exempt from the general head-final order of Khoekhoe and suggest that this can give rise to discontinuous constituents, where second-position clitics intervene within the VP. We show that this idea provides a simple account of Khoekhoe word order variation and formalize it within a linearization-based HPSG analysis that has a wider scope than the previous Minimalist analyses of Khoekhoe and that is compatible with evidence from tonology.




How to Cite

Hahn, Michael. 2013. Word order variation in Khoekhoe. Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 48–68. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2013.3) (https://proceedings.hpsg.xyz/article/view/289) (Accessed June 27, 2022.)