Verb Doubling in Turkish: Data from Trabzon Dialect

Hande Sevgi


This study investigates verb doubling structures in Trabzon dialect of Turkish. Based on the similarities and the differences between this structure and the similar phenomena in other languages, I aim to identify the structural properties of VDbl in order to provide a representation of this structure within the Minimalist framework (Chomsky 1993). Following Harizanov and Gribanova’s analysis on Russian predicate clefts, I claim that this structure can be analyzed via the presence of two different movement processes: A focus related movement in narrow syntax, and a post-syntactic head movement.


Trabzon Turkish; verb doubling; contrastive focus; movement processes

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