Revisiting Verb (Projection)Raising in Old English

Eric Haeberli and Susan Pintzuk

in Grammatical Change

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199582624
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731068 | DOI:
Revisiting Verb (Projection)Raising in Old English

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This chapter examines the distribution of verb raising (VR) and verb projection raising (VPR) in Old English (OE), using the York–Toronto–Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Old English Prose. VR and VPR refer to the operations permuting a clause final tensed verb with the non-finite verb, and the tensed verb with a verbal projection (e.g., nonfinite verb and object), found widely in West Germanic. It shows that OE robustly attests both VR and VPR, and some of the same distributional tendencies (such as VR and VPR being less common with auxiliary have) and constraints (such as a ban on order resulting from permuting the first and second nonfinite verbs in a string of three verbs) found elsewhere in West Germanic. In terms of distribution within OE, VR, and VPR show a stable distribution over time, but considerable variation across author and text.

Keywords: Old English; verb raising; verb projection; York–Toronto–Helsinki Parsed Corpus; Old English Prose

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Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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