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Title: A Defective Auxiliary in Danish
Author: Michael J. Houser
Institution: University of California
Author: Maziar Toosarvandani
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Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: Danish
Abstract: In English, auxiliaries form a cohesive category—unlike main verbs, they all raise to T. In Danish, it is not so obvious that auxiliaries form such a unified category. In root clauses, all verbal elements can raise to T (and then to C), while in embedded clauses they always stay in situ. Therefore, determining the position of a verbal element in the extended verbal projection is a challenging task. We examine the Danish verbal element g⊘re ‘do’ that shows up when the verb phrase has been topicalized, elided, or pronominalized. Even though on the surface g⊘re might appear to be of category T or v, we argue that it is located right in the middle. We argue that it is an auxiliary, but, unlike other auxiliaries, g⊘re is defective because it only subcategorizes for vPs that are pronominal.


This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 23, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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