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Academic Paper

Title: Transitional syntax: postverbal pronouns and particles in Old English
Author: Willem Koopman
Institution: University of Amsterdam
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: English
English, Old
Abstract: Based on the occasional presence of personal pronoun objects and particles to the right of the nonfinite verb, Pintzuk (1999) argues that we must allow VO phrase structure in Old English as well as OV phrase structure. This article shows that personal pronoun objects and particles follow the nonfinite verb often enough to indeed assume VO as a genuine option. During the Old English period there is a significant increase in absolute as well as relative frequency. A quantitative analysis reveals that the relevant cases are found particularly often in coordinate contexts (pronouns) and ACI constructions (particles).


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

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