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On Non-Head Non-Movement.

Klaus Netter
In: Günther Görz (Hrsg.). 1. Konferenz Verarbeitung natürlicher Sprache (KONVENS '92), 7.-9. Oktober. Konferenz zur Verarbeitung natürlicher Sprache (KONVENS-92), 1. October 7-9, Nürnberg, Germany, Pages 218-227, Informatik Aktuell, Springer, 1992.


The paper discusses different approaches to the analysis of finite verb position in German within the framework of HPSG. It argues that among three parameters (a) standard subcategorization and adjunction, (b) uniform structural representation and (c) clause initial finite verbs as heads, only two can be maintained simultaneously, unless additional devices are introduced. We abandon (c) and present an approach which allows to derive a binary right­branching structure for the "Mittelfeld" also for V­initial structures without modifications of general principles of the theory. The key to the analysis is the postulation of an empty node as a functional head which takes the finite verb as a complement.