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Academic Paper


Title: Object–verb order in early sixteenth-century English prose: an exploratory study
Author: Mike Moerenhout
Institution: Universiteit Leiden
Linguistic Field: Syntax; Historical Linguistics; Ling & Literature
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Recent work on word-order change in the history of English has shown that late Middle English prose retains object–verb order as a productive option in contexts with an auxiliary and a quantified or negated object, and also in topicalization structures. In order to determine when these limited types of object–verb order became impossible, we have examined a collection of sixteenth-century prose texts. Our findings are that the patterns attested in late Middle English in fact continue until 1550, but then appear to dwindle away. We present the relevant object–verb data, discuss the reasons for the survival of the patterns found, provide an explanation for a difference at the level of detail between the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century data, and offer some suggestions about the reasons for the eventual loss of the structures in question.

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This article appears IN English Language and Linguistics Vol. 9, Issue 1.

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