Roksolana Mykhaylyk

Stony Brook University
Talk Title: 
Optional Object Scrambling in Child and Adult Ukrainian
Event Type: 
Dissertation Defense
Summer 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
SBS S207

This dissertation investigates the word order phenomenon of optional direct object scrambling in Ukranian. The key proposal of this research is that what underlies scrambling is an obligatory grammatical process, but one that may be expressed at least one of two ways: by syntactic movement or by prosodic (re)contouring. Apparent ‘optionality’ of scrambling thus results from its simply being one of the means available to speakers for achieving the same end. This hypothesis is supported with novel data on scrambling and prosody collected in three experiments: elicited production of scrambled structures by children and adults, elicited production of prosodic contours by adults, and prosodic analysis of child speech.