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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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Varieties of dependent Verb Second and verbal mood

Varieties of dependent Verb Second and verbal mood

A view from Icelandic

(p.208) 9 Varieties of dependent Verb Second and verbal mood
Rethinking Verb Second

Hans-Martin Gärtner

Þórhallur Eyþórsson

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies varieties of “dependent V2” with “broad” (bDV2) and “narrow” (nDV2) distribution—that is, “generalized” and “limited embedded V2”— arising within Icelandic. This pattern is taken to correlate with construals of verbal mood as “dominant” in the former case and “non-dominant” in the latter case, where dominance of verbal mood allows the disregarding of the illocutionary impact of V2. It further shows that the variation fits into a model of historical stages with earlier variants “recruiting” verbal mood for clause combining and drift in later stages towards “autonomous” mood, that is, towards a mood system with enhanced semantico-pragmatic transparency.

Keywords:   clause combining, verbal mood, variation, dependent V2, Icelandic

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