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Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory$
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Paola Crisma and Giuseppe Longobardi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560547.001.0001

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Grammaticalization of modals in Dutch: uncontingent change

Grammaticalization of modals in Dutch: uncontingent change

(p.250) 15 Grammaticalization of modals in Dutch: uncontingent change
Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Griet Coupé

Ans van Kemenade

Oxford University Press

This chapter compares the historical development of modal verbs in Dutch and English. Modals in present‐day Dutch may be non‐finite, and may appear under other auxiliaries in long verb clusters. This is an Early Modern Dutch innovation, resulting from a change in mood morphology combined with the rise of the IPP‐effect.

Keywords:   grammaticalization, modal verbs, verb clusters, IPP‐effect, Dutch

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