Verb-Second (V2) Phenomena

  • Rakesh Mohan Bhatt
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 46)


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


Relative Clause Focus Position Matrix Clause Subordinate Clause Small Clause 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rakesh Mohan Bhatt
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  1. 1.University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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