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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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Gerund clauses

Gerund clauses

Chapter:
(p.123) 5 Gerund clauses
Source:
Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian
Author(s):

Virginia Hill

Gabriela Alboiu

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736509.003.0005

Old Romanian displays gerund clauses in root and adjunct configurations. Root clauses are derived by mapping a null Assertion Operator that types the clause as declarative and allows for optional V-to-T (non-productive) or V-to-Fin (productive). Modern Romanian lost the Assertion Operator together with the root gerund. Adjunct gerunds remained productive because their operators are of the wh-type related to clause internal positions. The exclusive verbal nature of the gerund makes it incompatible with argument positions (that is, it is not a clausal complement).

Keywords:   Old Romanian, root gerunds, adjunct gerunds, Assertion Operator, verb movement

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