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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

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

Alessandra Giorgi

Sona Haroutyunian

Oxford University Press

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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