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Rethinking Verb Second

Rebecca Woods and Sam Wolfe


This volume provides the most exhaustive and comprehensive treatment available of the Verb Second property, which has been a central topic in formal syntax for decades. While Verb Second has traditionally been considered a feature primarily of the Germanic languages, this book shows that it is much more widely attested cross-linguistically than previously thought, and explores the multiple empirical, theoretical, and experimental puzzles that remain in developing an account of the phenomenon. Uniquely, formal theoretical work appears alongside studies of psycholinguistics, language production, ... More

Keywords: Verb Second, empirical, theoretical, experimental, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, language faculty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198844303
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198844303.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Woods, editor
Lecturer in Language and Cognition, Newcastle University

Sam Wolfe, editor
Associate Professor of French Linguistics, University of Oxford

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1 Introduction

Sam Wolfe and Rebecca Woods

Part I Contemporary Approaches to Germanic Verb Second

9 Varieties of dependent Verb Second and verbal mood

Hans-Martin Gärtner and Þórhallur Eyþórsson

Part II Diachrony and Other Indo-European Languages

PART III Variation and Acquisition

24 Rethinking Verb Second and Nominative case assignment

Ermenegildo Bidese, Andrea Padovan, and Alessandra Tomaselli

27 Verb Second and Verb Third in Modern Eastern Armenian

Alessandra Giorgi and Sona Haroutyunian

28 The scope of embedded Verb Second in modern Yiddish

Molly Diesing and Beatrice Santorini

29 Verb Third in spoken German

Heike Wiese, Mehmet Tahir Öncü, Hans G. Müller, and Eva Wittenberg

30 Verb Second in Wymysorys

Alexander Andrason

33 Verb Second in Norwegian: Variation and acquisition

Terje Lohndal, Marit Westergaard, and Øystein A. Vangsnes

34 The role of variation of verb placement in the input

Emanuela Sanfelici, Corinna Trabandt, and Petra Schulz