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Title: German V2 and the PF-Interface: Evidence from Dialects
Author: John Velde
Linguistic Field: Phonology; Syntax
Subject Language: Yiddish, Eastern
Yiddish, Western
Abstract: This investigation of certain verb-second structures found in the German dialects Kiezdeutsch, Yiddish (both Eastern and Western), Bavarian, and Cimbrian, and to a more limited extent in colloquial German, leads to the hypothesis that Phonological Form, via the interface with the narrow syntax, provides three strategies for compliance with the verb-second restriction on main clauses. These are i) the remapping of two syntactic constituents into a single prosodic phrase, ii) the reduction and remapping of two or more words into a single prosodic word, and iii) the prosodic marking of the syntactic edge of a main clause where a restart of the clause occurs. The investigation, using minimalist tools, underscores the central role of the syntax-phonology interface without eliminating the need for the semantic interface in the derivation of German verb-second structures.


This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 29, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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