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CP-recursion and the derivation of verb second in Germanic main and embedded clauses

Vikner, Sten;
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This paper will give an overview of the verb second (V2) phenomenon, as found in both main and embedded clauses in Germanic, and it will also explore a particular derivation of (embedded) V2, in terms of a cP/CP-distinction.<br/><br/>All the Germanic languages except modern English (but including e. g. Old English) are V2, i. e. in all declarative main clauses and in all <i>wh</i>-questions, the finite verb is in the second position, regardless of whether the first position is occupied by the subject or by some other constituent. This can be extended to <i>yes/no</i>-questions, provided it is assumed that the first position in such questions is empty (and such a...
free text keywords: verb second (V2), CP-recursion, embedded verb second, verb first (V1), Greenberg’s (1963) Universal 11, OCC-feature, extraction, islands, complementizer stacking, ddc:400
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