The consolidation of verb‐second in Old High German: What role did subject pronouns play?
This chapter deals with a particular stage in the development of V2 in Old High German, i.e. the generalization of XP‐movement in root clauses, which follows that of V‐to‐C movement. The loss of V1 declaratives is ascribed to the rise of overt non‐referential subject pronouns and of a structural expletive base‐generated in SpecC when there is no XP‐movement.
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