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Academic Paper

Title: Object Shift and remnant VP-topicalisation: Danish and Swedish verb particles and ‘let’-causatives
Author: Eva Engels
Institution: Aarhus University, Denmark
Author: Sten Vikner
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Institution: Aarhus University, Denmark
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: Danish
Abstract: 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 (V°-to-I°-to-C° movement) and with remnant VP-topicalisation.


This article appears IN Nordic Journal of Linguistics Vol. 36, Issue 2.

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