Cross Linguistic Variation in the Realm of Support Verbs

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Abstract

In this paper I investigate a particular case of cross-Germanic variation, namely a number of syntactic differences with respect to VP Topicalization, VP Ellipsis and VP Pronomi-nalization. Swedish and English turn out to be the two extremes, with Danish and Norwegaian in between; Icelandic is like Swedish, but lacks the possibility to topicalize VP.
Arguments are given for the analysis that the support verb is a spelled-out little v, and that VP Topicalization is a fronting of a √P. With respect to tense, there are two options for the root: it may lack tense features, or it may have an uninterpretable but valued tense feature; lit-tle v always has an uninterpretable but valued tense featur. The first option is chosen by Eng-lish, Danish and Norwegian, which among other things has the consequence that the fronted root phrase has a non-finite verb, and that these languages accept VP Ellipsis. The second op-tion is chosen by all the Scandinavian languages, Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish, and is compatible with VP Topicalization with a tensed verb in the fronted part, no VP Ellip-sis but VP Pronominalization.

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  • Languages and Literature

Keywords

  • Support verb, VP topicalization, VP Ellipsis, Scandinavian languages, VP Pronominalization, English
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-25
Number of pages25
Publication statusSubmitted - 2008
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedNo
EventComparative Germanic Syntax Workshop - Edinburgh
Duration: 2008 Jun 122008 Jun 13

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ConferenceComparative Germanic Syntax Workshop
Period2008/06/122008/06/13

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Swedish (015011001)