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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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A-infinitives: A version of the Balkan subjunctive

A-infinitives: A version of the Balkan subjunctive

(p.198) 7 A-infinitives: A version of the Balkan subjunctive
Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian

Virginia Hill

Gabriela Alboiu

Oxford University Press

The main argument is that a-infinitive complements have the underlying structure of the Balkan subjunctive, despite the non-finite morphology of the verb. This explains why these configurations may display Nominative subjects, and freely appear in contexts with or without control on the embedded subject. As with de-indicatives, obligatory control triggers truncated infinitive clauses versus fully-fledged clauses elsewhere. While a can check Fin syncretically, constructions with split Fin (i.e. de a) also occur, signalling a transition stage for the reanalysis of a from Force to Fin. The remerging of Fin is productive in Old Romanian and is preserved in the Modern Romanian configurations where the infinitive is still present.

Keywords:   Old Romanian, Modern Romanian, infinitive clauses, subject obviation, obligatory control, split Fin, remerged Fin

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