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Four kinds of object symmetry

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Anders Holmberg


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This paper examines cross-speaker and cross-dialectal variation in object symmetry effects in three Germanic languages, English, Norwegian and Swedish. We argue that object symmetry effects are not a unified phenomenon, but rather that the availability of locality obviating theme movement out of applicative structures has different sources in different constructions. Both case-based and locality-based explanations are needed to model the attested variation. An additional goal of the paper is to describe a new shape conservation effect in object shift contexts. Theme-goal orders in Norwegian object shift obtains if and only if the theme and goal invert vP-internally. This effect is predicted by Fox and Pesetsky’s (2005) Cyclic Linearization model.

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Author(s): Haddican W, Holmberg A

Editor(s): Veselovská, L;Janebová, M;

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Complex Visibles Out There. Proceedings from the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2014

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 145-162

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: Palacký University Olomouc


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Series Title: Olomouc Modern Language Series

ISBN: 9788024443843