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Rethinking Verb Second$
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Rebecca Woods and Sam Wolfe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198844303

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198844303.001.0001

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Verb Second and Verb Third in Modern Eastern Armenian

Verb Second and Verb Third in Modern Eastern Armenian

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(p.642) 27 Verb Second and Verb Third in Modern Eastern Armenian
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Rethinking Verb Second
Author(s):

Alessandra Giorgi

Sona Haroutyunian

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198844303.003.0027

Modern Eastern Armenian is a SOV language. In some sentences, the inflected verb can also occupy the second position, according to the well-known V2 typology. In these cases, the interpretation of the phrase preceding the verb is obligatorily a focused one. The V2 word order is found both with corrective/contrastive focus and information focus, for instance in question-answering contexts. V3, V4, etc. orders are also possible, provided that the phrases preceding the focused one are base-generated in the left periphery of the clause. This chapter also briefly discusses the properties of long-distance focus and the interaction of focus with indefinites.

Keywords:   Modern Eastern Armenian, focus, left periphery, long-distance focus, word order, V2, indefinite

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