UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 15 (2003)

Selection and head chains


This paper discusses two patterns related to sentential embedding. First, it deals with the effect of verb movement and adjunction on the optionality of complementizers; in this context it offers an explanation of Sten Vikner's generalisation that optional complementizers are only found in languages without obligatory verb movement. Second, the status of apparent verb-second complement clauses in German is investigated. The theoretical background of this discussion is the comparison of theories of phrase structure with and without categorial projection.

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