Order and structure in syntax II: Subjecthood and argument structure

Michelle Sheehan   Laura R. Bailey  


This book reconsiders the role of order and structure in syntax, focusing on fundamental issues such as word order and grammatical functions. The first group of papers in the collection asks what word order can tell us about syntactic structure, using evidence from V2, object shift, word order gaps and different kinds of movement. The second group of papers all address the issue of subjecthood in some way, and examine how certain subject properties vary across languages: expression of subjects, expletive subjects, quirky and locative subjects. All of the papers address in some way the tension between modelling what can vary across languages whilst improving our understanding of what might be universal to human language.


This book is complemented by Order and structure in syntax I: Word order and syntactic structure



  • On the softness of parameters
    An experiment on Faroese
    Höskuldur Thráinsson
  • The role of locatives in (partial) pro-drop languages
    Artemis Alexiadou, Janayna Carvalho
  • Expletives and speaker-related meaning
    Ciro Greco, Liliane Haegeman, Phan Trang
  • Places
    Tarald Taraldsen
  • Flexibility in symmetry
    An implicational relation in Bantu double object constructions
    Jenneke van der Wal
  • Defective intervention effects in two Greek varieties and their implications for φ-incorporation as Agree
    Elena Anagnostopoulou
  • On first person readings of man
    On semantic and pragmatic restrictions on an impersonal pronoun
    Verner Egerland
  • Who are we – and who is I?
    About Person and SELF
    Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson
  • New roles for Gender
    Evidence from Arabic, Semitic, Berber, and Romance
    Abdelkader Fassi Fehri
  • Puzzling parasynthetic compounds in Norwegian
    Janne Bondi Johannessen
  • A make-believe argument for abstract Case
    Jonathan Bobaljik
  • Semantic characteristics of recursive compounds
    Makiko Mukai
  • Icelandic as a partial null subject language
    Evidence from fake indexicals
    Susi Wurmbrand
  • Expletive passives in Scandinavian – with and without objects
    Elisabet Engdahl
  • Null Subjects Parameter meets Polish Impersonals
    Małgorzata Krzek
  • Verb-stranding VP ellipsis, object drop or ellipsis in Arabic yes-no replies
    Ali Algryani
  • Object Drop in Chinese
    Chi-Wai Lee



Michelle Sheehan

Michelle Sheehan is a Reader in Linguistics at Anglia Ruskin University. She specialises in comparative and theoretical syntax with a particular focus on Romance languages. She is co-author of Parametric Variation (2010, CUP) and The Philosophy of Universal Grammar (2013, OUP), and co-editor of Theoretical Approaches to Disharmonic Word Order (2013, OUP).

Laura R. Bailey

Laura Bailey is a Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Kent. She specialises in cross-linguistic and comparative syntax with a special interest in the left periphery, Latin word order, and non-standard English syntax. She also maintains a blog about language at http://linguistlaura.blogspot.co.uk.


November 23, 2017
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Sheehan, Michelle & Bailey, Laura R. (eds.). 2017. Order and structure in syntax II: Subjecthood and argument structure. (Open Generative Syntax 2). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1115573


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