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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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The consolidation of verb‐second in Old High German: What role did subject pronouns play?

The consolidation of verb‐second in Old High German: What role did subject pronouns play?

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(p.128) 8 The consolidation of verb‐second in Old High German: What role did subject pronouns play?
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Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory
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Katrin Axel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.003.0008

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.

Keywords:   Old High German, V1 declaratives, null subjects, V‐to‐C movement, XP‐movement

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