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

By Anthony Warner

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

Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1017/S1360674306002127
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:3939

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