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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

(p.123) 5 Gerund clauses
Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian

Virginia Hill

Gabriela Alboiu

Oxford University Press

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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