The Weekly Newsletter of MIT Linguistics

Syntax Square 3/14 - Patrick Grosz

Speaker: Patrick Grosz
Title: Analyzing non-canonical V1 in a V2 language
Time: Monday, March 14, 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: 32-D461

In this talk I discuss three types of V1 constructions in German (a language that is otherwise V2 or V-final): V1-polar exclamatives and V1-optatives (cf. Scholz 1991 for a discussion of both), as well as V1-antecedents in conditionals. Given that V2 can be assumed to arise from two separate processes, V-to-C movement and (obligatory?) filling of the SpecCP position (cf. the HSK article by Holmberg 2010), I will address the following two questions for such V1 clauses: What triggers V-to-C movement, and what (if anything) occupies their null SpecCP position?