Verb second and its deviations: An argument for feature scattering in the left periphery

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This article focuses on the analysis of verb-second (V2) requirements in light of evidence that the clausal left periphery contains a series of functional projections in a fixed hierarchy (Rizzi 1997; Benincà & Poletto 2004; among many others). I discuss previous approaches to V2, the bottleneck effect and stacked head theories, and argue that they are generally unable to account for a variety of “relaxed” V2 systems that allow V3 or V4 in some contexts. I propose a new analysis of variation in the strictness of V2 in terms of the feature scattering hypothesis (Giorgi & Pianesi 1996); languages can vary in the number of functional category features that are bundled on individual heads. This allows a straightforward account for the attested typology of relaxed V2 systems, and a new explanation for cross-linguistic variation in the instantiation of functional projections. 

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syntax, verb-second word order, bottleneck effect, feature scattering

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Hsu, B., (2017) “Verb second and its deviations: An argument for feature scattering in the left periphery”, Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 2(1): 35. doi: https://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.132

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Brian Hsu (George Mason University, Dept. of English, Robinson Hall A 487, Fairfax, VA 22030)

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