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Adverbs in Strange Places

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This paper discusses four Dutch constructions in which adverbs occur in marked syntactic positions: (i) Adverbs that occur in an embedded clause but must be interpreted in the main clause; (ii) Adverbs that occur in the main clause but can be interpreted in the embedded clause; (iii) Extraposed adverbs; (iv) Predicate adverbs that occur in the position of sentence adverbs. These phenomena provide evidence for an analysis of adverb placement in Dutch along the lines of the Cinque hierarchy (Cinque 1999), supplemented with the traditional split between sentence adverbs and predicate adverbs (Jackendoff 1972). A new analysis is proposed for the bridge verbs denken ‘think’ and willen ‘want’ in which they move from a position in the embedded clause into the matrix clause.
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Keywords: Cinque hierarchy; Dutch; adverb; adverb extraposition; adverb raising; bridge verb; factive adverb; neg-raising; negation; predicate adverb; sentence adverb; speaker-oriented adverb; volitional adverb

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2018

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