Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian

Hardcover | February 20, 2016

byVirginia Hill, Gabriela Alboiu

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The book provides a formal analysis of root and complement clauses in Old Romanian. Virginia Hill and Gabriela Alboiu examine the combination of Balkan syntactic patterns such as generalized subjunctive complementation on the one hand, and the Romance morphology that supplies complementizersand grammatical mood forms on the other. The consequences of this mixed typology range from root clauses with non-finite verbs to split heads and repeated recycling in clausal complements. The book argues that discourse triggers at the left periphery are responsible for fluctuations in verb movementin finite clauses, while with gerunds and imperatives verb movement follows from functional constraints. It further argues that clausal complements to control and raising verbs systematically display the pattern of the Balkan subjunctive, and that the spell out of these clausal complements has beenrepeatedly recycled during the development of Romanian. Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian presents a new perspective on the manifestation of Balkan Sprachbund properties in the language, and on the nature of parametric differences in relation to other Romance languages. It provides a unified explanation for a range of constructions thathave previously been treated as separate phenomena, and places diachronic changes in Romanian in a wider context.

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The book provides a formal analysis of root and complement clauses in Old Romanian. Virginia Hill and Gabriela Alboiu examine the combination of Balkan syntactic patterns such as generalized subjunctive complementation on the one hand, and the Romance morphology that supplies complementizersand grammatical mood forms on the other. The ...

Virginia Hill is Professor of Linguistics at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. Gabriela Alboiu is Associate Professor of Linguistics at York University, Toronto, Canada.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 20, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsAbbreviations in glossesPreface: Medieval Romania and Old Romanian1. Research background and theoretical framework2. Subjects, complementizers, and clitics3. High verb movement in finite clauses4. Imperative clauses5. Gerund clauses6. De-indicatives: A faithful replica of the Balkan subjunctive7. A-infinitive: A version of the Balkan subjunctive8. Sa subjunctives: Another version of the Balkan subjunctive9. Supine clauses: On the road to balkanization10. Conclusions and remarks on the recycling of the Balkan subjunctiveReferencesIndex