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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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Subjects, complementizers, and clitics

Subjects, complementizers, and clitics

(p.19) 2 Subjects, complementizers, and clitics
Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian

Virginia Hill

Gabriela Alboiu

Oxford University Press

Old Romanian has the VSO parametric setting in both root and embedded clauses. The list of complementizers has undergone radical changes towards Modern Romanian, especially in the case of de. Clitics cover pronouns, auxiliaries, and short adverbs, and they are all verb-oriented and associated with the inflectional field. There are two morphological instances of negation, a free morpheme and an affix. The free negation is located between the complementizer and the inflectional field, higher than the clitic. The clause structure conforms to the cartographic hierarchy with a finer-grained articulation of the complementizer and inflectional fields. Examples of clause derivation are provided for wh-movement and DP-raising.

Keywords:   Old Romanian, Modern Romanian, VSO, complementizers, clitics

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