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Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory$
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Paola Crisma and Giuseppe Longobardi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.001.0001

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A parametric shift in the D‐system in Early Middle English: relativization, articles, adjectival inflection, and indeterminates *

A parametric shift in the D‐system in Early Middle English: relativization, articles, adjectival inflection, and indeterminates *

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(p.358) 21 A parametric shift in the D‐system in Early Middle English: relativization, articles, adjectival inflection, and indeterminates*
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Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory
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Akira Watanabe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.003.0021

This chapter proposes that the shift in the classification of a certain set of features located in the D head is responsible for the loss of the indeterminate system, the changes in the relativization strategies, the loss of the weak‐strong distinction in the adjectival inflection, and the appearance of the definite article during the Early Middle English period.

Keywords:   indeterminates, relativization, adjectival inflection, the definite article, feature classification

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