This chapter reviews a number of issues concerning Scandinavian object shift and object scrambling of the type found in the Germanic OV-languages. It differs from earlier reviews in that it adopts as its null hypothesis that the two phenomena should be given a unified treatment. An important reason for this is that object shift and scrambling are subject to similar effect-on-output conditions. This raises the question why object shift and scrambling behave differently with respect to, e.g., Holmberg’s Generalization. It will be argued that this is due to the fact that object movement is subject to various language-specific, violable constraints.
|Title of host publication||The Cambridge Handbook of Germanic Linguistics|
|Editors||Michael Putnam, Richard Page|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - Mar 2020|
|Name||cambridge handbooks in language and linguistics|
- Germanic languages
- Object shift
Broekhuis, H. (2020). The unification of object shift and object scrambling. In M. Putnam, & R. Page (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Germanic Linguistics (pp. 413-43). (cambridge handbooks in language and linguistics). Cambridge University Press.