Don't rush to rehabilitate: A remark on Koeneman & Zeijlstra 2014

Caroline Heycock, John Sundquist

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Koeneman and Zeijlstra (2014) aim to rehabilitate the strong version of the Rich Agreement Hypothesis (RAH), according to which there is a bidirectional implication between "rich" agreement morphology in the verbal system and movement of the finite verb to a functional head above vP but below the C system (V-to-I). We show that one of the clearest empirical arguments raised in the literature against the strong RAH—the persistence of V-to-I in Early Modern Danish—is not addressed by any of the counterarguments raised by Koeneman and Zeijlstra and therefore still stands as evidence against the rehabilitated generalization and theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-179
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2017


  • syntax
  • Scandinavian
  • Danish
  • verb-movement


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