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Query Details


Query Subject:   Development of subject agreement morphology
Author:   Eric Fuss
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Morphology
Syntax

Query:   Dear all,

I'm currently working on the development of subject agreement
morphology out of pronouns/clitics (and possible syntactic
consequences of this diachronic process such as verb movement,
pro-drop etc.). Does anybody know a language that is currently
undergoing this change -- apart from Mongolian (Comrie 1980),
colloquial French, and colloquial Hebrew (as discussed by Mira Ariel)
-- or has undergone it in its recent(recorded)history? I will of
course post a summary.

Thanks,

Eric Fuss

Institut fuer deutsche Sprache und Literatur II
University of Frankfurt
Germany
LL Issue: 13.2217
Date posted: 04-Sep-2002



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