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V-to-I Movement and "do"-Insertion in Optimality Theory

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The empirical phenomena to be dicussed in this paper are the position of the finite verb in embedded clauses (preceding or following a sentential adverbial, i.e. in I° or in V°) and the possibility or impossibility of do-insertion. For reasons of space, it will only be sketched at the very end how the analysis may be extended to cover those cases (mostly main clauses) where the verb may or may not move to a position to the left of the subject (i.e. to C°).

To a large extent, I will base my analysis on Grimshaw's (1997) analysis of English, and attempt to modify and extend it to also cover the variation found between English, Danish, French and Icelandic. One of my goals is to illustrate how Optimality Theory (OT) can account for language variation in terms of differences in constraint rankings between languages.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptimality-theoretic Syntax
EditorsGéraldine Legendre, Jane Grimshaw, Sten Vikner
Number of pages38
Place of publicationCambridge, MA
PublisherMIT Press
Publication year2001
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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