LINGUIST List 27.1896

Mon Apr 25 2016

Disc: Verb Second

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 21-Apr-2016
From: Gisbert Fanselow <>
Subject: Verb Second
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(1) Are there exceptions to the generalization that, if there is an alternation in the position of the finite verb between main and embedded clauses, the position of the finite verb in main clauses is to the left of the position of the verb in embedded clauses?

(2) In the early discussion of the Germanic V2 alternation, the argument was made that there are no rules that apply exclusively in embedded clauses, while rules that apply only in main clauses are numerous (Penthouse Principle). The concrete (non verb-placement) examples given back in the 60-ies and 70-ies do not sound really convincing any longer.

Are the examples of rules in the languages of the world that can never apply in main clauses?

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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