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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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The scope of embedded Verb Second in modern Yiddish

The scope of embedded Verb Second in modern Yiddish

(p.665) 28 The scope of embedded Verb Second in modern Yiddish
Rethinking Verb Second

Molly Diesing

Beatrice Santorini

Oxford University Press

Embedded Verb Second (V2) clauses have been analysed as embedded main clauses or in terms of selection. This chapter presents data from both corpora and native speaker judgements showing that Verb Second order in embedded clauses in Yiddish goes well beyond what can be explained by either of the above approaches, with V2 possible and attested in interrogatives as well as declaratives. Adjunction of adverbials to V2 clauses is possible as well, yielding orders with the finite verb in third position (V3). But V3 resulting from lack of verb movement, as is seen in Mainland Scandinavian and (optionally) in Icelandic, is not found.

Keywords:   embedded clause, Verb Second, V2, V3, Yiddish, selection, verb movement

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