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Aspects of the Theory of Clitics$
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Stephen Anderson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279906

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279906.001.0001

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Verb Second as Alignment

Verb Second as Alignment

(p.177) 7 Verb Second as Alignment
Aspects of the Theory of Clitics

Stephen R. Anderson (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter poses the question of whether or not it was correct for Jakob Wackernagel — whose classic discussion of second-position clitics in the earliest Indo-European languages has been so often cited — to suggest a connection between these clitics and another set of second-position phenomena, the verb-second regularities of Modern German and a number of other languages. It argues that while Wackernagel's own notion of the explanatory connection was undoubtedly incorrect, there is indeed a deep link, and the morphosyntactic apparatus used to describe second-position clitics can provide an account of verb second in German, Icelandic, Breton, and other languages.

Keywords:   Jakob Wackernagel, second-position clitics, verb-second regularities, German, Icelandic, Breton

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