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The Syntax of Old Romanian$
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Gabriela Pană Dindelegan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198712350

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712350.001.0001

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Word order and configurationality

Word order and configurationality

(p.562) 10 Word order and configurationality
The Syntax of Old Romanian

Alexandru Nicolae

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the principal phenomena related to word order in the main areas of the grammar (the nominal, adjectival, verbal, and clausal domains): long distance definiteness checking, variation in the syntax and position of demonstratives and the ambiguous grammar of the determiner cel, (non-)adjacency of inflectional genitives, the (greater) accessibility of the prenominal domain, the position of the verb on the clausal spine, inversion, scrambling, and discontinuous structures. In contrast to modern Romanian, it is shown that old Romanian exhibits a greater degree of word-order freedom. Data is observed which demonstrates the existence of residual head-final structures and discontinuous structures, evidence of a discourse-configurational grammar; these are gradually eliminated in the passage to modern Romanian.

Keywords:   word order, configurationality, head-final structure, discontinuous structure, discourse-configurational grammar

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