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The Rise of the To-Infinitive

Bettelou Los

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199274765
eISBN:
9780191705885
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274765.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This book describes the historical emergence and spread of the to-infinitive in English. It shows that to + infinitive emerged from a reanalysis of the preposition to plus a deverbal nominalization, ... More


Grounding

Ronald W. Langacker

in Cognitive Grammar: A Basic Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195331967
eISBN:
9780199868209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331967.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Grounding is the grammaticized means of relating the thing profiled by a nominal, or the process profiled by a finite clause, to the ground (the speech event and its participants). As narrowly ... More


Innocent bystander: the loss of the indefinite pronoun man

Bettelou Los

in The Rise of the To-Infinitive

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199274765
eISBN:
9780191705885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274765.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter presents an account of an unexpected victim of both the rise of the to-infinitive and the loss of verb-second: the ‘ultra-indefinite’ pronoun man. Two factors almost completely destroyed ... More


From non-finite to finite subordination: The history of embedded clauses1

Júlia Bácskai-Atkári and Éva DéKány

in The Evolution of Functional Left Peripheries in Hungarian Syntax

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780198709855
eISBN:
9780191780165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709855.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter surveys the history of embedded clauses. We hypothesize that the unwritten Proto-Hungarian was an SOV language with unmarked objects. By the emergence of linguistic records in Old ... More


Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian

Virginia Hill and Gabriela Alboiu

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198736509
eISBN:
9780191800290
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736509.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

The book provides a formal analysis of root and complement clauses in Old Romanian. The emphasis falls on the typological mixture of Balkan syntactic patterns (e.g. the generalized subjunctive ... More


Extending the Analysis: MCP in that Clauses

Liliane Haegeman

in Adverbial Clauses, Main Clause Phenomena, and the Composition of the Left Periphery: The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 8

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199858774
eISBN:
9780199979912
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858774.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Pursuing the analysis developed in the preceding chapters, this chapter opens questions for future research. It is a survey of finite that clauses which resist main clause phenomena. It shows that ... More


Documenting Raising and Control in Moro

Peter Jenks and Sharon Rose

in Africa's Endangered Languages: Documentary and Theoretical Approaches

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190256340
eISBN:
9780190256364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190256340.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter details classes of raising and control predicates in Moro and the different types of clausal complements for which these predicates select. It is demonstrated that Moro allows raising ... More


Confounding Cases: Strict NPIs and Scope

Chris Collins and Paul M. Postal

in Classical NEG Raising: An Essay on the Syntax of Negation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262027311
eISBN:
9780262323840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027311.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter focuses on the scope of strict negative polarity items (NPIs). It first considers scope issues concerning nonfinite complement clauses, with particular emphasis on similar pairs with ... More


Register-specific subject omission in English and French and the syntax of coordination

Liliane Haegeman and Elisabeth Stark

in Continuity and Variation in Germanic and Romance

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780198841166
eISBN:
9780191876677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198841166.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

In both English and French, as such non-pro drop languages, finite clause subjects can be omitted in second-conjunct subject ellipsis in the core grammar and as a result of register-specific subject ... More


Neg Deletion: Case Studies

Chris Collins and Paul M. Postal

in Classical NEG Raising: An Essay on the Syntax of Negation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262027311
eISBN:
9780262323840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027311.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter discusses several cases from French, German, and English that give plausible initial support for the existence of NEG deletion, which principally rests on the idea that a deleted NEG has ... More


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