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Arguments against a universal base: evidence from Old English

PINTZUK, S. (2005) Arguments against a universal base: evidence from Old English. English Language and Linguistics, 9 (1). pp. 115-138. ISSN 1360-6743

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Abstract

This article presents arguments against a uniform head-initial analysis of Old English clause structure. Three analyses that have been proposed for Old English – variation in the headedness of underlying structure, uniform head-initial structure with object movement, and uniform head-initial structure with pied piping – are presented and evaluated in terms of the Old English data that they are able to account for. In particular, it is argued that the positions of verbs and their complements in constructions with quantified and nonquantified objects, pronominal objects, particles, and double objects cannot be derived without stipulations within uniform head-initial accounts, but can be derived unproblematically within a framework that incorporates a headedness parameter, requiring only a stipulation to block V–O–Aux order.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Language and Linguistic Science (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2009 11:12
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2009 11:12
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1360674305001565
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Identification Number: 10.1017/S1360674305001565
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6053

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