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The Development of Latin Clause StructureA Study of the Extended Verb Phrase$
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Lieven Danckaert

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198759522

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198759522.001.0001

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Multiple object positions and how to diagnose them

Multiple object positions and how to diagnose them

(p.109) 3 Multiple object positions and how to diagnose them
The Development of Latin Clause Structure

Lieven Danckaert

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the question of which syntactic environment constitutes the most reliable source of information on variable object placement in Latin. The relevance of this question is illustrated by showing that very different results are obtained when one compares the rate of VO in two different syntactic contexts, namely clauses with a single synthetic verb and clauses with a modal verb and a dependent infinitive. It is argued that the OV/VO alternation is best studied to clauses with more than one verb, as in such clauses, more object positions can be unambiguously identified. The final part of the chapter is devoted to the phrase structure analysis of clauses with the modals possum ‘be able’ and debeo ‘have to’. These structures are argued to constitute monoclausal domains, in which the modals are raising predicates that originate in functional heads in the extended projection of lexical verbs.

Keywords:   modal verb, deponent, word order, object placement, infinitive, tense, control, raising, structural ambiguity, negation

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