Word Order Change in Icelandic: From OV to VO

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 385 pages
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While Modern Icelandic exhibits a virtually uniform VO order in the VP, Old(er) Icelandic had both VO order and OV order, as well as 'mixed' word order patterns. In this volume, the author both examines the various VP-word order patterns from a descriptive and statistical point of view and provides a synchronic and diachronic analysis of VP-syntax in Old(er) Icelandic in terms of generative grammar. Her account makes use of a number of independently motivated ideas, notably remnant-movement of various kinds of predicative phrase, and the long movement associated with restructuring phenomena, to provide an analysis of OV orders and, correspondingly, a proposal as to which aspect of Icelandic syntax must have changed when VO word order became the norm: the essential change is loss of VP-extraction from VP. Although this idea is mainly supported here for Icelandic, it has numerous implications for the synchronic and diachronic analysis of other Germanic languages.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
13
CHAPTER 3
37
CHAPTER 4
53
CHAPTER 5
79
CHAPTER 6
109
CHAPTER 7
177
CHAPTER 8
227
CHAPTER 9
257
CHAPTER 10
345
Appendices
353
References
363
Subject Index
379
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