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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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Să-subjunctives: Another version of the Balkan subjunctive

Să-subjunctives: Another version of the Balkan subjunctive

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(p.232) 8 -subjunctives: Another version of the Balkan subjunctive
Source:
Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian
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Virginia Hill

Gabriela Alboiu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736509.003.0008

In Old Romanian, the conditional complementizer/operator was reanalysed as an irrealis marker in Fin, and then dissociated from the clause typing operators and from conditional verb forms. In conditional clauses, also selected Fin/T with indicative and subjunctive mood forms, which were preserved when it spread to the complement position. The underlying structure of the -subjunctive complement is similar to de-indicatives and a-infinitives: truncated clauses under obligatory control and fully-fledged clauses elsewhere. Also, split Fin with de să and ca să is attested, co-occurring with the remerged Fin-. Only the remerged Fin is productive in standard Modern Romanian.

Keywords:   Old Romanian, Modern Romanian, să-subjunctives, conditional clauses, obligatory control

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