Morphosyntax of Verb Movement

A Minimalist Approach to the Syntax of Dutch

  • C. Jan-Wouter Zwart

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 39)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. C. Jan-Wouter Zwart
    Pages 1-17
  3. C. Jan-Wouter Zwart
    Pages 19-80
  4. C. Jan-Wouter Zwart
    Pages 81-105
  5. C. Jan-Wouter Zwart
    Pages 107-154
  6. C. Jan-Wouter Zwart
    Pages 191-244
  7. C. Jan-Wouter Zwart
    Pages 245-283
  8. C. Jan-Wouter Zwart
    Pages 285-287
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 289-319

About this book


Morphosyntax of Verb Movement discusses the phenomenon of Dutch, present in many Germanic languages, that the finite verb is fronted in main clauses but not in embedded clauses. The theoretical framework adopted is the so-called Minimalist Program of Chomsky (1995), the latest developmental stage of generative grammar. Taking issue with previous analyses, the author argues that phrase structure in Dutch is uniformly head initial, and that the finite verb moves to different positions in subject initial main clauses and in inversion constructions.
The book contains lucid and detailed discussion of many theoretical issues in connection with the Minimalist Program, such as the relation between syntax and morphology, the nature of syntactic licensing, and the structure of the functional domain. At the same time, it offers a survey of the properties of Dutch syntax, a discussion of previous analyses of Dutch syntax and a wealth of material from dialects of Dutch and other Germanic languages.


Syntax Verb grammar morpho-syntax morphology present subject syntactic

Authors and affiliations

  • C. Jan-Wouter Zwart
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of General LinguisticsUniversity of GroningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-4264-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5880-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4670
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