Embedded root phenomena

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Abstract

This chapter presents some of the most-discussed syntactic examples of embedded root phenomena—syntactic configurations that are restricted to root clauses and a subset of embedded environments. It discusses the different types of embedded environments that have been argued to license such phenomena: a subset of complement clauses and adverbial clauses, and non-restrictive relatives. and provides a critical overview of different current approaches—semantico-pragmatic and syntactic—to explaining this distribution. The chapter includes an discussion of embedded Verb Second in different varieties of Germanic as a case study exemplifying the concepts discussed. This chapter is a completely revised, extended, and updated version of the chapter that appeared in the first edition of the Blackwell Companion in 2006.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Blackwell Companion to Syntax
EditorsMartin Everaert , Henk C. Van Riemsdijk
Publisher Oxford: Blackwell
Chapter23
Pages174-209
Number of pages36
Volume1
Edition2
ISBN (Electronic)9781118358733
ISBN (Print)9781118358726
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • syntax
  • root phenomena
  • scope
  • adverbial clauses
  • factives

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