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Title: Studies on Basic Word Order, Word Order Variation and Word Order Change in Germanic
Authors: Hinterhölzl, Roland
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Venezia, Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati. Università Ca' Foscari
Abstract: With these studies, I present my work dedicated to exploring different issues concerning basic word order and synchronic and diachronic variation in word order in the years 2000-2007. After my dissertation on restructuring infinitives in West Germanic,I have started to examine the nature of variation in the head-complement parameter focussing on (synchronic) comparative investigations on word order in German and English. On the basis of the wide-held opinion (cf. Kemenade 1987) that English started out as an OV-language, I have extended these investigations with diachronic studies, since the development of English promised to yield interesting insights into the nature of this parameter. As it turns out, both English and German started out with mixed OV/VO orders (cf. Pintzuk 1999 for English and Hinterhölzl 2010 for German), raising new and interesting questions about the nature of the variation and about the factors responsible for the development of word order in the two languages.
Appears in Collections:University of Venice Working Papers in Linguistics (UVWPL)

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