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  • Anderson, Stephen R. 2000. 'Verb-Second and Clause Structure in Breton', presentation at CLC3. texte.
 "What I would like to talk about is an apparent paradox in Breton word order: on the one hand, clause structure seems to be that of a VSO language, but on the other hand, most sentences in fact look like those of a Verb-second language. In recent work, I’ve been trying to work out an account of Verb-second within Optimality Theory, as a generalization of the mechanisms involved in getting second position clitics. The analysis that results from extending that account to Breton is similar to that offered in a talk at the 1999 LSA meeting by Hannahs and Tallerman."