Verb-Second (V2) Phenomena
The previous chapter provided evidence to support the claim that in Kashmiri the lexical projections (including verb) are head-final and the functional projections are head-initial. There is, however, a generalization about Kashmiri word order that I have not fully addressed yet: The finite verb in declarative main and some subordinate clauses invariably occupies the clause-second position. This generalization, known in the generative grammar as the verb-second phenomenon, holds remarkably consistently across Germanic languages, with the exception of English.1
KeywordsRelative Clause Focus Position Matrix Clause Subordinate Clause Small Clause
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