Serialization (i.e. word order)

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In syntax, the term serialization is sometimes used as a synonym of constituent order.


A widely cited work that employs this term is Bartsch & Vennemann (1972), who postulate a "principle of natural serialization". But the term is also used in recent generative syntax, e.g. Haider (2000:135): "The VP-internal basic serialization patterns of non-verbal elements are cross-grammatically invariant."


  • Bartsch, Renate & Vennemann, Theo. 1972. Semantic Structures. Frankfurt: Athenäum.
  • Haider, Hubert. 2000. "Branching and discharge." In: Coopmans, Peter & Everaert, Martin & Grimshaw, Jane (eds.) Lexical specification and insertion. (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 197). Amsterdam: Benjamins, 135-164.

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German Serialisierung