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Cecilia Poletto

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199660247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660247.001.0001

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The vP left periphery in different sentence types

The vP left periphery in different sentence types

(p.97) 4 The vP left periphery in different sentence types
Word Order in Old Italian

Cecilia Poletto

Oxford University Press

In this chapter I investigate the OV orders already discussed in Chapter 2 in various clause types, and show that scrambling is possible in all clause types, and that the main vs embedded status of a clause plays no role in the activation of the phenomenon, exactly as one would expect according to the analysis of scrambling phenomena as movement to the vP and not to the CP left periphery. It is also shown that object DPs, PPs, and adjuncts can precede not only the past participle but also the infinitival form required by modals, causative, perception, and aspectual verbs (like ‘start’ or ‘begin’). As they are analysed as monoclausal constructions, this is also straightforwardly explained by the analysis presented in Chapter 2.

Keywords:   modal verbs, aspectual verbs, causative constructions, clause type, scrambling

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