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Verb second and its deviations: An argument for feature scattering in the left periphery

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dc.contributor.author Hsu, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-15T17:43:18Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-15T17:43:18Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/11384
dc.description.abstract This article focuses on the analysis of verb-second (V2) requirements in light of evidence that the clausal left periphery contains a series of functional projections in a fixed hierarchy (Rizzi 1997; Benincà & Poletto 2004; among many others). I discuss previous approaches to V2, the bottleneck effect and stacked head theories, and argue that they are generally unable to account for a variety of “relaxed” V2 systems that allow V3 or V4 in some contexts. I propose a new analysis of variation in the strictness of V2 in terms of the feature scattering hypothesis (Giorgi & Pianesi 1996); languages can vary in the number of functional category features that are bundled on individual heads. This allows a straightforward account for the attested typology of relaxed V2 systems, and a new explanation for cross-linguistic variation in the instantiation of functional projections.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Glossa: a Journal of General Linguistics en_US
dc.rights Attribution 3.0 United States *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ *
dc.title Verb second and its deviations: An argument for feature scattering in the left periphery en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.5334/gjgl.132


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