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Verb Second in Medieval Romance

Sam Wolfe


This book provides the first book-length study of the controversial subject of Verb Second and related properties in a range of Medieval Romance languages. Both qualitative and quantitative data are examined and analysed from Old French, Occitan, Sicilian, Venetian, Spanish, and Sardinian to assess whether the languages were indeed Verb Second languages. The book argues that unlike most modern Romance varieties, V-to-C movement is a point of continuity across all the medieval varieties, but that there are rich patterns of synchronic and diachronic variation in the medieval period which have no ... More

Keywords: Romance, left periphery, Verb Second, verb movement, clitics, null subjects, Tobler–Mussafia, Old French, Old Spanish, Old Italian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198804673
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198804673.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sam Wolfe, author
Associate Professor of French Linguistics, University of Oxford