- The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax
- Some Notes on Comparative Syntax, with Special Reference to English and French
- On the Grammatical Basis of Language Development: A Case Study
- Comparative Syntax and Language Disorders
- Object Shift, Verb Movement, and Verb Reduplication
- Finiteness and Negation in Dravidian
- On Some Descriptive Generalizations in Romance
- Classifiers in Four Varieties of Chinese
- Morphology and Word Order in “Creolization” and Beyond
- The Slavic Languages
- The Scandinavian Languages
- Noun Class, Gender, and the Lexicon-Syntax-Morphology Interfaces: A Comparative Study of Niger-Congo and Romance Languages
- Agreement and Its Placement in Turkic Nonsubject Relative Clauses
- Quʼest-ce-que (<i>qu</i>)-<i>est-ce-que</i>?: A Case Study in Comparative Romance Interrogative Syntax
- Clitic Placement, Grammaticalization, and Reanalysis in Berber
- Clitic Placement in Western Iberian: A Minimalist View
- Comparative Athapaskan Syntax: Arguments and Projections
- Number Agreement Variation in Catalan Dialects
- Classifiers and DP Structure in Southeast Asia
- The Celtic Languages
- Preverbal Elements in Korean and Japanese
- Continental West-Germanic Languages
- Language Index
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the syntactic patterns of Continental West-Germanic languages. It explains that Continental West-Germanic dialects display largely identical syntax, characterized by an asymmetry between main and embedded clauses with respect to the position of the finite verb, and by the clause-final position of clusters of nonfinite verbs. The article discusses the word classes, alternations, and grammatical functions in Continental West-Germanic languages.
Jan-Wouter Zwart is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Groningen. His 1993 dissertation, ‘Dutch Syntax: A Minimalist Approach’ was the first book-length implementation of the minimalist program. His current research explores ways in which theoretical syntax and syntactic typology may be fruitfully combined.
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