Borsley & Kathol (2000)

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  • Borsley, Robert & Kathol, Andreas, 2000. 'Breton as a V2 language', Linguistics 38/4:665-710.

 Breton has VSO order in subordinate clauses and in some main clauses, but it does not normally allow a finite verb in initial position in main clauses, which instead show V2 order. We investigate Breton V2 structures and argue that they are problematic for transformational assumptions. We show that a more satisfactory account is possible within an extension of HPSG, which distinguishes between constituent structure and linear structure.