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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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Adverbial resumptive particles and Verb Second

Adverbial resumptive particles and Verb Second

(p.90) 5 Adverbial resumptive particles and Verb Second
Rethinking Verb Second

Christine Meklenborg

Oxford University Press

All modern Verb Second languages have some sort of resumptive strategy where a fronted element is followed by a resumptive element, pushing the finite verb to third position. This chapter investigates adverbial resumption in a cross-linguistic and diachronic perspective. A fundamental difference is made between specialized and generalized resumptive particles, The chapter shows that there is a resumptive cline which represents an implicational hierarchy. While all the languages that have been investigated accept a resumptive element after a fronted adverbial clause, only some accept resumption after a fronted generalized adverb. This cline seems to be representative also for the diachronic development of the resumptive structure.

Keywords:   Verb Second, resumption, resumptive, adverb, adverbial clause

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