Een extra positie? | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171



The present paper discusses the and the . According to (Broekhuis & Corver 2016), these two tests can make a reliable, non-intuitive distinction between the postfield and the afterthought, as well as between the middle field and the postfield, which is often not noticeable in main clauses with only a finite verb. Although these tests seem valuable indeed, even to non-generative studies, there are also some limitations, and especially for prepositional phrases (PPs) which can be either placed in the middle field or in the postfield. Furthermore, this paper also aims at refining the motivations of extraposition, and more particularly extraposition of PPs. We therefore rely on empirical corpus-based research, which can fine-tune the theoretical framework of extraposition in .


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Dutch; extraposition; mirror effect; PP placement; VP-topicalization
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