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Title: The Derivation of VO and OV
Edited By: Peter Svenonius

The Derivation of VO and OV takes a new look at the relationship between
head-final or OV structures and head-initial or VO ones, in light of recent
work by Richard Kayne and others. The various papers in the volume take
different positions with respect to whether one type of structure is
derived from the other, and if so, which of the two orders is primary.
Different options explored include derivation of VO order by head movement
from a basic OV structure, derivation of VO by fronting of a phrasal VP
remnant containing only the verb, derivation of OV by fronting of a remnant
VP which the verb has vacated, and others. Each paper is thoroughly rooted
in empirical observations about specific constructions drawn either from
the Germanic languages or from others including Finnish, Hungarian,
Japanese, and Malagasy.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Finnish
Malagasy, Plateau
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556199155
ISBN-13: 9781556199158
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