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.
|Title of host publication||The Blackwell Companion to Syntax|
|Editors||Martin Everaert , Henk C. Van Riemsdijk|
|Number of pages||36|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2017|
- root phenomena
- adverbial clauses
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