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Title: The noun phrase and the ‘Viking Hypothesis’
Author: Paola Crisma
Author: Susan Pintzuk
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Syntax
Subject Language: English, Old
Norse, Old
English, Middle
Subject LANGUAGE Family: North Germanic
Abstract: In this article we use the syntax of the noun phrase to evaluate two competing hypotheses: the traditional account, that Middle English is a West Germanic language with Old English as its immediate ancestor, and Emonds and Faarlund's (2014) proposal, that Middle English is a North Germanic language, the direct descendant of Old Norse. The development of nominal syntax shows that the Middle English noun phrase can be derived only from Old English, not from Old Norse. We examine six nominal characteristics; in each case, we find in Middle English exactly the construction that one would expect given the nominal syntax of previous Old English stages. The evidence from Old Norse shows that, although some of the same constructions did develop in the same way in the attested Norse varieties, the development occurred only at a later stage, too late to have affected the syntax of Middle English.

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This article appears IN Language Variation and Change Vol. 31, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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