Verb doubling and the order of operations at PF: The case of Asante Twi
Johannes Hein
April 2017

Most work on predicate clefts seems to presuppose the implication that if a language shows verb doubling when the verb alone is fronted it also shows verb doubling when the verb is fronted together with its internal argument(s). In this paper, I present data from Asante Twi, where the verb is doubled in the former case but there is do-support in the latter instead. I argue that the patterns can be accounted for by varying orders of the operations Chain Reduction (CR) and Head-to-head movement (HHM) at PF. CR may either bleed HHM giving rise to consistent do-support (as in German) or counterbleed it leading to consistent verb doubling (as in Hebrew). The Asante Twi pattern then is a result of neutralisation due to the inability of A'-head movement to form chains. The account provides a unified analysis of verb doubling and do-support in predicate clefts, which derives all attested patterns to the exclusion of the unattested reverse Asante Twi pattern.
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Reference: lingbuzz/002742
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Published in: Glossa
keywords: verb doubling, rule ordering, asante twi, a'-head-movement, chain reduction, syntax, head-movement into specifier
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