Despite decades of research, debate continues over the analysis of Object Shift in Mainland Scandinavian, and all syntactic and information-structural accounts have run into empirical and/or conceptual problems. We argue that this debate can be resolved by recognizing that Object Shift is, in fact, a prosodic phenomenon. Our analysis builds on the observation that varieties with optional Object Shift (most Swedish dialects, South Danish dialects (e.g., Ærø)) also have a tone accent contrast. The in-situ word order in these varieties is licensed because tonal accent creates a prosodic domain that makes the incorporation of weak pronouns possible.
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October 25 2021
Variation in Mainland Scandinavian Object Shift: A Prosodic Analysis
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Linguistic Inquiry (2021) 52 (4): 711–746.
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Nomi Erteschik-Shir, Gunlög Josefsson, Björn Köhnlein; Variation in Mainland Scandinavian Object Shift: A Prosodic Analysis. Linguistic Inquiry 2021; 52 (4): 711–746. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00393
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