Dutch nominalised infinitives as non-identical twins

  • Dutch nominalised infinitives have been notoriously difficult to analyse, partly because they seem to show mixed verbal and nominal properties interspersed across the structure. In this paper, it is argued that at least two types of such infinitives should be distinguished, one which contains a high level of verbal functional structure, and one that differs at least in not projecting TP. On the basis of this distinction it is possible to show that Dutch nominalised infinitives have much more predictable properties than could previously be identified. They show evidence of conforming to a model of analysing mixed categories in terms of category switch within the constituent. In order to account for the seemingly interspersed nature of nominal and verbal properties in Dutch nominalised infinitives I propose that Dutch of-phrases (van-phrases) may merge inside the VP, provided they have access to nominal functional structure for feature checking. I will show that if D° is filled by a special type of non-deictic demonstratives van-phrases may even occur in SpecDP.

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Author:Maaike Schoorlemmer
Publisher:Utrecht Institute of Liniguistics OTS
Place of publication:Utrecht
Document Type:Book
Date of Publication (online):2004/12/17
Year of first Publication:2002
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2004/12/17
GND Keyword:Niederländisch; Infinitiv; Morphosyntax
Page Number:36
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
4 Sprache / 43 Deutsch, germanische Sprachen allgemein / 430 Germanische Sprachen; Deutsch
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht