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By Eric Fuß, Carola Trips

This quantity emphasizes a brand new line of pondering in generative grammar which recognizes that definite synchronic houses of languages can merely be totally understood if diachronic facts is considered. The imperative subject matters addressed during this choice of papers are (1) a serious evaluate of the speculation that definite it seems that synchronic generalizations are literally the results of the mechanisms of language switch, (2) an inquiry into how diachronic information can be utilized to judge and form formal analyses of specific synchronic phenomena. Reviving the curiosity in diachronic factors for synchronic information, the contributions offer novel and unique diachronic debts of phenomena that during the past have escaped a deeper synchronic rationalization, together with the character of EPP gains, gaps within the distribution of complementizer contract, and counterexamples to the generalization that wealthy verbal inflection correlates with verb move.

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Word order patterns in Old English Summarizing the word order patterns containing a possessive pronoun in OE discussed in the previous section, we find the following (see also Wood 2003, citing Mitchell 1985, and Pintzuk 2002): (24) a. b. c. d. e. f. possessive > noun noun > possessive demonstrative > possessive > noun demonstrative > possessive > adjective > noun possessive > demonstrative > (adjective)> noun demonstrative > noun > possessive Pattern (24e) has not been discussed yet, and is illustrated in (25).

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