On the derivation of three-verb clusters in Old English
Keywords:three-verb clusters, Old English, word order, evolutionary linguistics, hierarchical structure, functional projection, uniformity principle, grammaticalization
AbstractWord order in Old English has some properties in common with those in other Germanic languages, such as V2 in a main clause and Vf-final order in a subordinate clause. However, it had idiosyncratic traits that led to word order changes in the later stages of English. Focusing on the word order of three-verb clusters (modal+have/be+participle) in Old English, this paper argues that the rise of functional projections with the head in its initial position shaped changes in word order in the history of English.
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