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Word Order Variation in the Verb Sequence

The standard word order for clauses containing one or more verb-raising verbs is the one that gives rise to a pattern of strictly cross-serial dependencies. There are at least two important exceptions to this pattern, however. With a governing modal or auxiliary, word orders in which the governed verb precedes the governor are possible. Second, verbs selecting a ``separable verb prefix'' give rise to word orders in which the prefix may occur in a number of positions within the clause-final verb sequence. An account of these constructions is given below.

Noord G.J.M. van