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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 2009, Vol. 40, No. 1, Pages 1-33
(doi: 10.1162/ling.2009.40.1.1)
© 2009 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Clause Structure and Verb Series
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Abstract

This article argues that in V1-XP-V2 and V1-V2-XP series, V1 merges in the functional domain of the lexical verb (V2). V2 introduces the (internal) argument and is embedded under an AspP whose head is endowed with an EPP feature. Surface word order variations in Kwa (and Khoisan) result from the EPP licensing that triggers V2-object inversion, sometimes followed by V2 movement past the shifted object.