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Clause Structure and Word Order in the History of German$
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Agnes Jäger, Gisella Ferraresi, and Helmut Weiß

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198813545

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198813545.001.0001

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Serialization of full noun phrases in the history of German

Serialization of full noun phrases in the history of German

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(p.155) 9 Serialization of full noun phrases in the history of German
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Clause Structure and Word Order in the History of German
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Augustin Speyer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813545.003.0009

The serialization of object full NPs is relatively free in Modern German. In OHG, the order IO > DO was heavily preferred; the preference weakened only in the ENHG period. The most important factor for the serialization of object full NPs in OHG is ‘animate before inanimate’, which continues to be an important factor up to the present day. The order IO > DO falls out from that, as the accusative (DO case) tends to be assigned to the least agent-like referent. The loosening of the object order in ENHG is a consequence of other factors becoming more important, for instance ‘given before new’. With respect to structure binding facts suggest that the DO c-commands the IO, the animacy factor being responsible for re-ordering to IO > DO.

Keywords:   animacy, givenness, thematic hierarchy, proto-agent, proto-patient, direct object, indirect object, unmarked word order, binding, scrambling

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