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Query:   Sum: Eng.Complementizer
Author:  Neil Salmond
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Historical Linguistics

Summary:   Thanks for my many helpers. Here's some of what they said:

Arne Martinus Lindstad <arnel@ilf.uio.no>
There is a new book out by Peter W. Culicover "Syntactic
Nuts" (Oxford University Press 1999), where he among other
things discusses the syntactic category of certain
complementisers and/or prepositions.

Anthea Fraser Gupta <a.f.gupta@leeds.ac.uk>
In many languages they [complementizers] are drawn from
other, more basic word classes.
In the Indo-European languages in general the interrogative
words tend to be used as complementizers.
In Old-English (as in other IE languages) there was a link
between pronouns and demonstratives. In OE many
conjunctions were made up of
combinations of prepositions and demonstratives. A good
book to read on the history of English in general is the one
by Pyles & Algeo, which also has an accompanying workbook
that explores some of these issues.

William Morris <wmorris@cs.ucsd.edu>
I highly recommend the following paper:

Dan Jackson (1998) The historical origins of the that-trace
effect. (0.9Megs) To appear in Linguistic Notes from La
Jolla, UCSD.


Elly VanGeldern? <ellyvangelderen@asu.edu>
Complementizers typically derive (grammaticalize) from
determiners and prepositions.

Thanks again and have a very merry Christmas!
- Neil

LL Issue: 10.1838
Date Posted: 01-Dec-1999
Original Query: Read original query


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