Movement in disguise: Morphology as a diagnostic for verb movement in Algonquian
Ksenia Bogomolets, Paula Fenger, Adrian Stegovec
October 2019

This paper argues for a unification of two apparently unrelated phenomena from unrelated language families: verb second in Germanic, and Conjunct vs. Independent Order in Algonquian. It is argued that both relate to the possibility of the verb moving to C, but that in polysynthetic languages the movement is only detectable in the morphology. In Algonquian, V-to-C movement manifests as morphological alternations of agreement suffixes and cliticization of additional agreement markers---the pattern is shown to have the signature of the same processes in languages with more transparent verb movement. This analysis dispenses with Conjunct and Independent as language family specific categories, and opens new avenues of research in relation to V-to-C movement, framing it as a parametric option with potentially very different surface results in different languages depending on the setting of other parameters.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004812
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keywords: agreement, linguistic typology, syntax-morphology interaction, cliticization, polysynthesis, algonquian, germanic, v-to-c movement, morphology, syntax
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