Om variationen mellan postverbal och medial placering av VP-adverbial i svenska
Summary, in English
Through a quantitative study of data from newspaper text, it is observed that the typical medial VP adverbial is a temporal adverbial consisting of a one-word adverb phrase. Semantic category, phrase type, and number of words are, thus, all observed to correlate with the placement of the adverbial. Phrase type and number of words, however, need to be considered in relation to each other. With one-word adverbials excluded, adverb phrases are not clearly more often medial than other types of phrases. The results also show that the length of the end field of the clause correlates with the placement of the adverbial. If the end field is short, VP adverbials which are not short temporal adverbials are not likely to be medially positioned.
A small-scale study of some clauses with medial adverbials in the material indicates that information structure and avoidance of ambiguity also are relevant factors in relation to the placement of VP adverbials. Those factors could possibly be the reason why VP adverbials that do not have the characteristics of typical medial adverbials are still sometimes medially positioned.
- Languages and Literatures
- VP adverbials
- word order
- constituent order
- Marit Julien (Universitetslektor)