Historical roots of English Complementizers
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In a lecture the other day, it was noted that many English
Complementizers also perform other syntactic roles, eg
'that' as a pronoun, 'who' as an interogative. The lecturer
left it hanging in the air, and it has therefore had the, I
suppose, desired effect of whetting my curiosity big time.
Are the links here lexically specific? Or was there some
general rule in the past, that opened complementizer flood
gates from other categories?
All views welcome; summary forthcoming.
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