Scandinavian object shift, remnant VP-topicalisation, verb particles and causatives

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On the basis of an examination of remnant VP-topicalisation constructions, this paper argues for an order preservation analysis of Scandinavian Object Shift. Extending the empirical database, we account for the phenomena in an Optimality Theoretic framework. The paper focusses on two particular constructions in Danish and Swedish, namely particle verb constructions and causative constructions with Danish "lade" and Swedish "låta" ‘let’. It is shown how differences in the VP-internal object position give rise to mirror image sequences concerning Object Shift in connection with verb second (Vº-to-Iº-to-Cº movement) and with remnant VP-topicalisation.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftNordic Journal of Linguistics
Vol/bind36
Nummer2
Sider (fra-til)219-244
Antal sider26
ISSN0332-5865
StatusUdgivet - 2013

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