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Clause Structure and Word Order in the History of German$
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Agnes Jäger, Gisella Ferraresi, and Helmut Weiß

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198813545

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198813545.001.0001

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OV versus VO in Old High German

OV versus VO in Old High German

The case of thaz-clauses

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(p.263) 13 OV versus VO in Old High German
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Clause Structure and Word Order in the History of German
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Svetlana Petrova

Helmut Weiß

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813545.003.0013

This chapter surveys the word order variation in the right periphery of the clause in OHG. The investigation is based on a corpus including all dependent clauses introduced by the complementizer thaz ‘that’ in the minor OHG documents, a collection of up to forty smaller texts of various genres. The analysis shows that the majority of the data can be explained within a standard OV grammar, assuming additional extraposition of heavy XPs to the right. But apart from these cases, there is evidence supporting the assumption of leftward movement of the verb to an intermediate functional projection vP which is optional with basic OV but obligatory with basic VO. In addition, the chapter presents patterns which evidently involve verb movement to a higher functional head, above vP, and discusses the nature of the landing site of the verb in these cases.

Keywords:   thaz-clauses, verb projection raising, verb raising, extraposition, OV, VO, CP recursion

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