The Derivation of VO and OV takes a new look at the relationship between head-final or OV structures and head-initial or VO ones, in light of recent work by Richard Kayne and others. The various papers in the volume take different positions with respect to whether one type of structure is derived from the other, and if so, which of the two orders is primary.
Different options explored include derivation of VO order by head movement from a basic OV structure, derivation of VO by fronting of a phrasal VP remnant containing only the verb, derivation of OV by fronting of a remnant VP which the verb has vacated, and others.
Each paper is thoroughly rooted in empirical observations about specific constructions drawn either from the Germanic languages or from others including Finnish, Hungarian, Japanese, and Malagasy.
The volume consists of eleven original papers by Sjef Barbiers, Michael Brody, Naoki Fukui & Yuji Takano, Liliane Haegeman, Hubert Haider, Roland Hinterhoelzl, Anders Holmberg, Thorbjorg Hroarsdottir, Matthew Pearson, Peter Svenonius, and Knut Tarald Taraldsen, plus an introduction by the editor.
1. Introduction (by Svenonius, Peter); 2. Word Order, Restructuring and Mirror Theory (by Brody, Michael); 3. OV is More Basic than VO (by Haider, Hubert); 4. Remnant Movement and OV Order (by Haegeman, Liliane); 5. V-movement and VP-movement in Derivations Leading to VO-order (by Taraldsen, Knut Tarald); 6. Deriving OV Order in Finnish (by Holmberg, Anders); 7. Parameter Change in Icelandic (by Hroarsdottir, Thorbjorg); 8. The Right Periphery in SOV Languages: English and Dutch (by Barbiers, Sjef); 9. Nominal Structure: An Extension of the Symmetry Principle (by Fukui, Naoki); 10. Quantifier Movement in Icelandic (by Svenonius, Peter); 11. Licensing Movement and Stranding in the West Germanic OV Languages (by Hinterholzl, Roland); 12. Two Types of VO Languages (by Pearson, Matthew); 13. Index