Article published in:Of Grammar, Words, and Verses: In honor of Carlos Piera
Edited by Esther Torrego
[Language Faculty and Beyond 8] 2012
► pp. 143–169
Chapter 7. On the fronting of non-contrastive topics in Germanic
The present chapter proposes a novel account of the existence of fronted non-contrastive topics in German and its absence in Dutch. The main claim is that the relevant difference between the two languages reduces to the type of scrambling they have: only Dutch scrambling is triggered by an uninterpretable phi(person)-feature on v* (M. Richards 2008). The proposal, fully compatible with Chomsky’s (2000 and subsequent work) model of cyclic Spell-Out, is extended to cover the more restrictive pattern of non-contrastive topicalization in Swedish, absent in Danish and Norwegian.
Published online: 18 April 2012