Parametrising 'lexical subject - finite verb' inversion across V2 languages. On the role of Relativised Minimality at the vP-edge
Jan Casalicchio, Federica Cognola
July 2018

By discussing novel data from two Dolomitic Ladin languages spoken in Northern Italy, Badiotto and Gardenese, we show that in these Verb-second languages subject-finite verb inversion i) is constrained by the syntactic (adverb or object) and discourse (focus or topic) nature of the sentence-initial constituent, and by the discourse status of the DP subject. We demonstrate that in both varieties subjects in inversion either appear in a FocusP of the vP periphery (Belletti 2004, Poletto 2010) or in an A position in the IP layer, and that the observed distribution of inversion follows from two universal constraints of movement affecting extraction through the vP edge: a) cyclicity (extraction through the edge of the vP phase, Chomsky 2001) and b) locality/RM (Rizzi 1990, 2004). By comparing the distribution of DP subjects in Ladin with that observed in other V2 languages, such as Mòcheno and Mainland Scandinavian, we propose a novel typology of V2 languages and of subject-finite verb inversion to be captured in terms of parametric variation (see Biberauer & Roberts 2012, Biberauer, Holmberg, Roberts & Sheehan 2014 and Biberauer & Roberts 2016, Biberauer to appear).
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Reference: lingbuzz/004106
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Published in: To be published in: Th. Biberauer, S. Wolfe & R. Woods (eds.), Rethinking Verb Second. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press
keywords: extraction, successive cyclic movement, relativised minimality, phase edge, subject-object asymmetries, subject shift, double v2, syntax
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