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Title: Morphosyntactic variation in Northern English:
Subtitle: The Northern Subject Rule, its origins and early history
Written By: Nynke K. de Haas
Series Title: LOT dissertation series
Description:

The Northern Subject Rule (NSR) is a pattern found in Northern British English
in which variation between verb endings is conditioned by subject type and,
variably, by adjacency to the subject. This study presents the first
detailed overview of all the evidence for the NSR in early Middle English,
based on new corpus data, and puts it in a diachronic and dialectological
perspective. Variationist analysis shows that subject type is a more robust
conditioning factor of verb endings than adjacency to the subject; both are
more strongly represented in a core Northern English area. These facts are
brought together with historical and theoretical evidence to arrive at a
formal morphosyntactic analysis and an account of the origin of the phenomenon.

It is shown that the differences in verb endings in the NSR represent a
difference between agreement and non-agreement, crucially depending on the
differential subject positions available for pronoun subjects and other
noun phrase subjects in Older English, which are also found in the Northern
early Middle English corpus. This positional difference was arguably an
important factor in the rise of the NSR, together with variation in endings
which may have been promoted by contact with Old Norse and Brythonic
Celtic. Contact with the latter is also a plausible origin for the
type-of-subject condition, based on historical and contact-linguistic evidence.

This study is of interest to those working on dialect syntax, historical
linguistics and contact linguistics, as well as those working on English
syntax and the interface between syntax and (verbal) morphology.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Syntax
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789460930744