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There is no OBJECT SHIFT, just a GENERAL SHIFT, and independent constraining principles

Josefsson, Gunlög LU (2010) In Tampa Papers in Linguistics 1. p.13-29
Abstract
There is a propensity in many languages for elements that represent backgrounded and/or given information to show up in the middle field, a tendency that I term SHIFT. In this paper I argue that Object Shift and the raising of certain adverbials to the middle field in Swedish is due to this general propensity. SHIFT applies across the board, but language-specific principles, such as Constituent Order Rules, may block its application. An example of a reordering restriction is that an operation must not result in a constituent order for which the phonological module cannot supply a prosodic pattern, for example an OV pattern in a VO language. Another restriction is that a reordering operation must not result in a violation of the Case... (More)
There is a propensity in many languages for elements that represent backgrounded and/or given information to show up in the middle field, a tendency that I term SHIFT. In this paper I argue that Object Shift and the raising of certain adverbials to the middle field in Swedish is due to this general propensity. SHIFT applies across the board, but language-specific principles, such as Constituent Order Rules, may block its application. An example of a reordering restriction is that an operation must not result in a constituent order for which the phonological module cannot supply a prosodic pattern, for example an OV pattern in a VO language. Another restriction is that a reordering operation must not result in a violation of the Case filter. Holmberg’s generalization (cf. Holmberg 1999) does not describe a restriction on Object Shift per se, but is a consequence of a more general rule which states that VO-languages (such as the Scandinavian languages) do not allow an OV constituent order in the IP-VP domain. (Less)
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directionality parameter, prosody, OV/VO, information structure, long object shift, object shift
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Department of World Languages, University of South Florida
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  author       = {Josefsson, Gunlög},
  issn         = {2155-1022},
  keyword      = {directionality parameter,prosody,OV/VO,information structure,long object shift,object shift},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {13--29},
  publisher    = {Department of World Languages, University of South Florida},
  series       = {Tampa Papers in Linguistics},
  title        = {There is no OBJECT SHIFT, just a GENERAL SHIFT, and independent constraining principles},
  volume       = {1},
  year         = {2010},
}