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On the Double Definiteness Marker, Aspect, and Word Order in Old and Modern Scandinavian

Werner Abraham

in Functional Heads

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746736
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949519 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.003.0022

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

On the Double Definiteness Marker, Aspect, and Word Order in Old and Modern Scandinavian

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This chapter deals with the diachronic development of the post-nominal definite article in Icelandic and relates the change inside the nominal structure to other changes in the information structure of the clause. It therefore addresses two crucial aspects related to the nature of functional heads: how functional heads in the nominal expression are related to functional heads in the clause, and how grammaticalization in one domain can influence other domains.

Keywords: Icelandic; post-nominal definite article; clause; information structure; functional heads; nominal expression; grammaticalization

Chapter.  4514 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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