VP-internal structure and object shift in Icelandic

Chris Collins, Höskuldur Thráinsson

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    We show that if Chomsky's (1993) locality theory is adopted, then it is necessary to postulate VP-internal functional projections in order to account for object shift in double object constructions in Icelandic. We account for these functional projections by analyzing ditransitive verbs as causative constructions, where a causative "light verb" takes a TP complement. Finally, we show that the VP-internal functional structure is independently needed to account for word order phenomena in particle constructions in Icelandic.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)391-444
    Number of pages54
    JournalLinguistic Inquiry
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jun 1996


    • Double object constructions
    • Icelandic
    • Locality theory
    • Minimalism
    • Object shift
    • Particle constructions

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


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