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Academic Paper

Title: Adnominal adjectives in Old English
Author: Dagmar Haumann
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Institution: University of Bergen
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Syntax
Subject Language: English, Old
Abstract: Even though adnominal adjectives in Old English are distributionally versatile in that they may precede, follow or flank the noun they modify, their positioning is not random but follows from systematic interpretive contrasts between pre- and postnominal adjectives, such as ‘attribution vs predication’, ‘individual-level vs stage-level reading’ and ‘restrictive vs non-restrictive modification’. These contrasts are largely independent of adjectival inflection (pace Fischer 2000, 2001, 2006). The placement of adnominal adjectives in Old English is investigated in relation to recent comparative and theoretical studies on word order and word order variation (see Cinque 2007; Larson & Marušič 2004).


This article appears IN English Language and Linguistics Vol. 14, Issue 1.

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