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(Un)marked patterns of verb-movement: the case of Romanian

Publication: Limba română: diacronie și sincronie în studiul limbii române, I, p. 191
Editors:Rodica Zafiu, Adina Dragomirescu, Alexandru Nicolae
Publisher:Editura Universității din București
Abstract:This article investigates the placement of the present indicative lexical verb in Romanian inside a richly-articulated clausal spine, along the cartographic lines. By testing its position with respect to a number of adverbs lexicalizing the Spec of hierarchically ordered functional projections (Cinque 1999), it shows that Romanian is a high verb-movement language, with V reaching the highest Mood-related field, as witnessed by the placement of V before all the tested adverbs, including very high ones. On the other hand, it is argued that the opposite placement, i.e. the one in which V follows all the tested adverbs, should be analysed as the output of the displacement of the adverb to a position of Contrastive Focus in the left periphery, rather than the output of the low placement of V, as supported by a number of interpretative and distributional arguments.
Language: English

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