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Skandal im Verbkomplex. Betrachtungen zur scheinbar inkorrekten Morphologie in infiniten Verbkomplexen des Deutschen

Ralf Vogel1

1Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft, Universität Bielefeld

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft. Volume 28, Issue 2, Pages 307–346, ISSN (Online) 1613-3706, ISSN (Print) 0721-9067, DOI: 10.1515/ZFSW.2009.028, October 2009

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In German infinite verbal complexes with three verbs we can observe a phenomenon which so far has been treated as an irregular exception, because in a particular order, so-called ‘312 order’, all three verbs seem to occur in a wrong form. Corpus research shows, however, that the putative exception has a systematic character and can be observed over a longer time in German. This article therefore tries to take a different perspective: the problem does not lie in the exceptional expressions, but rather in our theory of German grammar which so far has not been able to derive the structures as regular. We present an optimality theoretic account of sentence final verbal complexes in German which is able to derive all systematically occurring expressions. The account comes with the cost that some thus far widely shared assumptions have to be revised. These assumptions concern the role of the infinitive marker ‘zu’ as well as the role of participial and infinitival morphology.

Key words:: verbal complex; syntax-morphology interface; optimality theory; infinitivus pro participio (IPP); participium pro infinitivo (PPI); verb status

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