G.J. de Haan
- Finiteness and verb fronting
- Book title
- Studies in West Frisian grammar: selected papers by Germen J. de Haan
- Pages (from-to)
- Number of pages
- Amsterdam: John Benjamins
- Linguistik aktuell = Linguistics today
- Volume | Edition (Serie)
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
Distributional properties of the verb in Germanic languages have to be accounted for by a rule that moves a verb into sentence initial position (‘verb second/V2’). Traditionally it is claimed that this rule applies exclusively to finite verbs in main sentences. In this paper, we will discuss some phenomena in West Frisian that lead to some new proposals with respect to the factors that are involved in V2. A major role in our exposition is played by the so-called Frisian ‘en+imperative’ construction. We will argue that an account for the properties of this construction lead to a reconsideration of some of the factors relevant for V2: finiteness, the obligatoriness of verb movement and the distinction between main and embedded clauses.
- Publ. before in: Verb second phenomena in Germanic languages / H. Haider & M. Prinzhorn (eds.). - Dordrecht : Foris, 1986 ; p. 77-110.
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