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Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian$
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Virginia Hill and Gabriela Alboiu

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198736509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736509.001.0001

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Conclusions and remarks on the recycling of the Balkan subjunctive

Conclusions and remarks on the recycling of the Balkan subjunctive

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(p.300) 10 Conclusions and remarks on the recycling of the Balkan subjunctive
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Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian
Author(s):

Virginia Hill

Gabriela Alboiu

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736509.003.0010

The conclusions chapter highlights, first, the findings relevant to verb movement and clause structure in root clauses: discourse driven V-to-Focus in finite clauses; discourse Assertive Operator in root clauses with gerunds; the obligatory spell-out of Fin in imperative clauses. The second part provides a synthesis of the complementation structures that yields two conclusions: First, Old Romanian resorts to split Fin under typological pressure from two sides (i.e. to adapt Romance markers to Balkan patterns in obligatory control configurations). Second, the split/remerged Fin operation is recycled whenever the Fin complementizer becomes completely dissociated from the features of Force. As a side effect, a typological contrast between Balkan and Romance languages arises for contexts with obligatory control, whereby the former vary the clause size and apply DP raising, whereas the latter maintain the fully-fledged clause size but vary the infinitive/subjunctive inflection and the PRO/lexical subject occurrence.

Keywords:   Old Romanian, Balkan languages, Romance languages, obligatory control, DP raising, PRO

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