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Verb-second in embedded clauses following a complementiser

CV2 is the abbreviation that is used for the construction featuring a clause introduced by a Complementiser (C) followed by Verb-Second (V2). CV2s are not syntactically integrated in the superordinate clause in which they are found, so they are unintegrated (U). Correspondingly, we will henceforth refer to CV2s as UCV2s, while noting that ICV2s (Integrated CV2s) are not found in Frisian.

Embedded clauses featuring a complementiser and V2 (UCV2s) display internally all the syntactic properties of main clauses. It is not possible to extract from UCV2s or to engage the UCV2 in other syntactic processes confined to main clauses, they are sensitive to linearity and referentiality. It is possible to engage the UCV2 in processes that hold between main clauses. So it seems that UCV2 constructions involve a semantic process by which the UCV2 is interpreted as the argument of the matrix predicate selecting the UCV2. UCV2s designate three semantic types of propositions, which all share the property that they represent something factual, intuitively speaking.


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