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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

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

Virginia Hill

Gabriela Alboiu

Oxford University Press

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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