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Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian
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Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian

Virginia Hill and Gabriela Alboiu


The book provides a formal analysis of root and complement clauses in Old Romanian. The emphasis falls on the typological mixture of Balkan syntactic patterns (e.g. the generalized subjunctive complementation to control verbs) and the Romance morphology that supplies complementizers and grammatical mood forms. The consequences of this mixed typology range from root clauses with non-finite verbs to split heads and repeated recycling in clausal complements. Basically, the book argues that high verb movement occurs under discourse triggers in finite root clauses, but under functional triggers in ... More

Keywords: Old Romanian, Modern Romanian, verb movement, Balkan subjunctive, obligatory control, non-finite root clauses, clausal complements, Balkan languages, Romance languages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198736509
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736509.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Virginia Hill, author
Professor of Linguistics, University of New Brunswick

Gabriela Alboiu, author
Associate Professor of Linguistics, York University