Modern Eastern Armenian is a SOV language. In some sentences, the inflected verb can also occupy the second position, according to the well-known V2 typology. In these cases, the interpretation of the phrase preceding the verb is obligatorily a focused one. The V2 word order is found both with corrective/contrastive focus and information focus, for instance in question-answering contexts. V3 – V4 etc. – orders are also possible, provided that the phrases preceding the focused one are base generated in the left periphery of the clause. In this work we also briefly discuss the properties of long distance focus and the interaction of focus with indefinites.

Verb Second and Verb Third in Modern Eastern Armenian

Alessandra Giorgi
;
Sona Haroutyunian
2020

Abstract

Modern Eastern Armenian is a SOV language. In some sentences, the inflected verb can also occupy the second position, according to the well-known V2 typology. In these cases, the interpretation of the phrase preceding the verb is obligatorily a focused one. The V2 word order is found both with corrective/contrastive focus and information focus, for instance in question-answering contexts. V3 – V4 etc. – orders are also possible, provided that the phrases preceding the focused one are base generated in the left periphery of the clause. In this work we also briefly discuss the properties of long distance focus and the interaction of focus with indefinites.
Rethinking Verb Second
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