1 Department of Language and Business Communication, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 English teaching group, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 Department of Business Communication, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University4 Department of Business Communication, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
There is an apparently peripheral construction type that falls outside the normally mandatory V2-structure of Danish main clauses, expressions introduced by the emphatic lexical item sikke (plus inflectional variants sikken, sikket). Such expressions defy standard taxonomic descriptions of Danish and pose a challenge to current formal (GB/PP/Minimalist) generalizations about movement operations. This paper aims to give not only a coherent description of such expressions in morphological, syntactic, and semantic terms, but also proposes a simple mechanism for information-sharing between nodes in addition to overt and - especially - covert movement. Given this mechanism it is shown that the description of a number of other and seemingly disparate aspects of Danish syntax follows naturally from the assumption that they are all instantiations of 'breakstructure'.
Hermes, 2001, Vol 27, p. 85-137
Generative grammar; Topicalization; Dansk grammatik