Variable satellite placement in spoken Dutch
A corpus study of the role of the proximity principle
This article presents a corpus study of the variable placement of adverbial satellites in spoken Dutch. It is widely contended that the relative order of satellites is motivated by three general principles: information status, length and the proximity principle. The proximity principle maintains that the placement of satellites is motivated by their semantic relationship with the sentence verb. We investigated the effect of the proximity principle on the relative placement of 8 different satellite classes based on a corpus sample of 202 combinations of two satellites retrieved from the Corpus of Spoken Dutch. The exact binomial test was used to evaluate the statistical significance of the observed orders. Our main results corroborate the hypothesis that the proximity principle influences satellite ordering. We also found, however, that the placement of certain satellite classes appeared very restricted, which suggests that the proximity principle does not play an active role in their placement.
Keywords: proximity principle, Dutch, constituent ordering
Published online: 25 October 2014
Dik, S.C., Hengeveld, K., Vester, E. & Vet, C.
Haeseryn, W., Romijn, K., Geerts, G., de Rooij, J. & van den Toorn, M.C.
Quirk, R., Greenbaum, S., Leech, G. & Svartvik, J.
Shannon, T. & Coffey, M.
Cited by 1 other publications
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 05 december 2021. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.