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Parameters of variation between verb-subject and subject-verb order in late Middle English

Warner, Anthony (2007) Parameters of variation between verb-subject and subject-verb order in late Middle English. English language & linguistics. pp. 81-111. ISSN 1360-6743

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Abstract

This article sets out to clarify the contribution of syntactic properties and subject weight for variation between verb-subject and subject-verb order in a database of fourteenth and fifteenth-century prose. It sets out the syntactic structures which are assumed, and investigates the impact on ordering of a set of factors, using established quantitative methodologies. A series of conclusions includes the continuing distinct status of initial then, the systematic importance of clause-final position, the different impacts of subject length in different contexts, and the presence of a definiteness effect for the late placement of a subject after a nonfinite unaccusative.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2007 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: WORD-ORDER, INVERSION
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Language and Linguistic Science (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2008 17:50
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2014 16:15
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1360674306002127
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3939

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