Diachronic Aspects of Preferred Argument Structure in English and Broader Implications

Reijirou Shibasaki


Building on speculations from preceding studies, this study aims to determine whether Preferred Argument Structure (PAS, Du Bois 1987) holds for early stages of English. As Ashby & Bentivoglio (to appear) concede in their concluding remarks, a simple comparison of PAS, in Old French and Modem French for example, is not sufficient for uncovering and understanding the nature of PAS. Therefore, this study aims to show the gradual transition of PAS in the history of English.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/bls.v28i1.3844