Variation in Mainland Scandinavian Object Shift: A Prosodic Analysis

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Abstract

Despite a decade-long research history, there are still ongoing debates on the analysis of Object Shift in Mainland Scandinavian, and all syntactic and information-structural accounts have run into empirical and/or conceptual problems. We argue that this debate can be resolved by recognizing that OS is, in fact, a prosodic phenomenon. Our analysis builds on the observatioDespite a decade-long research history, there are still ongoing debates on the analysis of Object Shift in Mainland Scandinavian, and all syntactic and information-structural accounts n that varieties with optional OS (most Swedish dialects, southern Danish dialects (e.g. Ærø)) also have a tone accent contrast. The insitu word order in these varieties is licensed because tonal accent creates a prosodic domain that makes the incorporation of weak pronouns possible.

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  • Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • Ohio State University
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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

Keywords

  • object shift, dialectal variation, optionality, tone accent contrast, Holmberg's generalization, adverb alignment, syntax-prosody interface
Translated title of the contributionVariation i fastlandsskandinaviskt pronomenhopp: en prosodisk analys
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-66
Number of pages66
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2020 Jun 8
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes