LINGUIST List 15.3046
Tue Oct 26 2004
Diss: Historical Ling: Hrafnbjargarson: 'Oblique...'
Editor for this issue: Takako Matsui <takolinguistlist.org>
1. Gunnar Hrafn
Oblique Subjects and Stylistic Fronting in the History of Scandinavian and English: The Role of IP-Spec
Message 1: Oblique Subjects and Stylistic Fronting in the History of Scandinavian and English: The Role of IP-Spec
From: Gunnar Hrafn Hrafnbjargarson <g.h.hrafnbjargarsonilf.uio.no>
Subject: Oblique Subjects and Stylistic Fronting in the History of Scandinavian and English: The Role of IP-Spec
Institution: University of Aarhus
Program: Scandinavian Institute
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2004
Author: Gunnar Hrafn Hrafnbjargarson
Dissertation Title: Oblique Subjects and Stylistic Fronting in the History of
Scandinavian and English: The Role of IP-Spec
Dissertation URL: http://folk.uio.no/gunnahh/phd/
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Syntax
Danish (Code: DNS)
English (Code: ENG)
Icelandic (Code: ICE)
The central issue that is discussed in this study is the morphosyntactic
development of Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, and
English, namely the loss of morphological case and the loss of V°-to-I°
movement and stylistic fronting, with a focus on the role of IP-Spec.
The synchronic part of the study deals with two different constructions
in present-day Icelandic. Firstly, it focuses on the analysis of
constructions with dative subjects and nominative objects, i.e. the
agreement relation between a verb and a nominative DP and how to
account for the fact that oblique subjects cannot be inanimate and that
nominative objects cannot be first or second person. Secondly, it
provides an analysis of stylistic fronting.
The diachronic part of the study also focuses on the two constructions
as there is a focus on showing that the older Scandinavian languages
and English had dative subjects and that stylistic fronting existed in
Old and Middle Danish. Furthermore, the aim of the study is to show
that the loss of constructions with dative subjects and nominative
objects followed a systematic process in these languages.
The two theoretical frameworks used in the thesis are Optimality
Theory and the Minimalist Program.
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