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Academic Paper


Title: OV–VO in English and the role of case marking in word order
Author: Thomas McFadden
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Homepage: http://ifla.uni-stuttgart.de/institut/mitarbeiter/tom
Institution: University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway
Linguistic Field: Syntax; Typology
Subject Language: English
Abstract: It is shown that the connection posited by Roberts (1997) between the loss of case marking and the shift from OV to VO in English is contradicted by the facts of English and the other Germanic languages. It is argued that this failure is not the result of an incorrect handling of the syntactic or morphological details, but of the way that the proposal straddles the syntax–morphology interface. Parallels are explored with research on verb raising and agreement, and it is proposed that, in order to be more than a descriptive generalization, the claim that some morphological property has a syntactic effect must be couched in terms that both the morphology and the syntax can refer to in a principled way.

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This article appears IN English Language and Linguistics Vol. 9, Issue 1.

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