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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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On the Germanic properties of Old French

On the Germanic properties of Old French

(p.344) 20 On the Germanic properties of Old French
Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory

Eric Mathieu

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This chapter shows that, in addition to V2, Stylistic Fronting and Quirky subjects, Old French had the following Germanic properties: Object Shift and Transitive Expletive Constructions. All these constructions were available because: (i) the Old French EPP was split; (ii) a special Topic position appeared above TP.

Keywords:   Old French, Object Shift, Transitive Expletive Constructions, split EPP, topicalization

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