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Structure, Alignment and Optimality in Swedish

Very little research has been performed on the grammatical structure of sentences in Swedish. Structure, Alignment and Optimality in Swedish is one of the first books to explore the Swedish sentence structure, presenting an account of the order of the words and phrases within the sentence. The book uses the theoretical framework of Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG), which provides syntactic analysis in terms of subject, object, topic, and focus, as well as part-of-speech analysis in terms of noun phrase and verb phrase. The book also uses Optimality Theory, a theory of constraint interpretation that allows constraints to conflict by allowing the satisfaction of certain constraints or requirements to lead to a grammatical structure even if less important constraints are violated.

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2001

Stanford Monographs in Linguistics

Language and Linguistics: Syntax and Semantics

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Clause Structure in Swedish
3. Object Shift
4. The OT-LFG Framework
5. The Analysis of Object Shift
6. Theoretical Comparison
7. Areas for Further Investigation
Name Index
Subject Index

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