Scandinavian Object Shift and Optimality Theory (Palgrave Pivot) (Hardcover)
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This book presents an account of object shift, a word order phenomenon found in most of the Scandinavian languages where an object occurs unexpectedly to the left and not to the right of a sentential adverbial. With new and original observations, it is an important addition to the fields of phonology, optimality theory and theoretical syntax.
About the Author
Sten Vikner is Associate Professor in English linguistics, University of Aarhus, Denmark. His previous publications include Verb Movement and Expletive Subjects in the Germanic Languages and Studies in Comparative Germanic Syntax (co-edited), and he is the Editor of the Nordic Journal of Linguistics. He researches Germanic comparative syntax, with a particular interest in how and why word order varies between languages. Eva Engels is Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Aesthetics and Communication at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her previous publications include Optimizing Adverb Positions as well as various book chapters and journal articles. Her research focuses on the comparative syntax of the Germanic languages and on how Optimality Theory applies to syntax.