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Scrambling, Remnant Movement, and Restructuring in West Germanic$
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Roland Hinterhölzl

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195308211

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308211.001.0001

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Open Issues: Extraposition, Vp-Topicalization, and the Status of Gerunds

Open Issues: Extraposition, Vp-Topicalization, and the Status of Gerunds

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(p.185) 7 Open Issues: Extraposition, Vp-Topicalization, and the Status of Gerunds
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Scrambling, Remnant Movement, and Restructuring in West Germanic
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308211.003.0007

This chapter begins by discussing the issue that pertains to extraposition by addressing one case namely that of CP-complements, that is problematic due to the account of sentential complementation. It then investigates the topicalization of verb projections in coherent infinitives. It outlines an account that takes advantage of the availability of the two kinds of infinitives in West Germanic. It argues that the two forms are in partial competition with each other, with the gerund functioning as a means of last resort. It addresses the observations made about gerunds in different places and ties them together to a coherent account of the structure and the role of gerunds in West Germanic.

Keywords:   extraposition, sentential complementation, coherent infinitives, West Germanic, competition, gerund

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