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Optional V-to-I movement 
in Övdalian

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Abstract

The paper examines causes of the ongoing loss of V-to-I movement in Övdalian, in the light of the parametric correlation between rich verbal agreement and verb movement to I (since Kosmeijer 1986). I show that the once obligatory V-to-I movement in Classical Övdalian has not only become optional, but also dispreferred in Traditional Övdalian, while at the same time the verbal inflection has been kept intact. Therefore, I conclude that there is no visible correlation between rich verbal agreement and V-to-I movement in Övdalian. Instead, I argue that the loss of V-to-I movement was caused by a high placement of negation that blurred evidence for verb movement.

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