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Do Anglian dialects of Old English have a partial pro-drop property?

Kristian A. Rusten

in Referential Null Subjects in Early English

Published in print January 2019 | ISBN: 9780198808237
Published online February 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191845895 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198808237.003.0003

Series: Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics

Do Anglian dialects of Old English have a partial pro-drop property?

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Chapter 3 deals with the question of whether Anglian dialects of Old English, in contrast to the West Saxon literary standard, had a partial pro-drop property. The chapter investigates this ‘dialect-split hypothesis’ by means of descriptive statistics and inferential statistical modelling. It is also noted that what has been interpreted as diatopic variation could also be representative of other types of variation, and consequently the variables of translation status, period, and genre are also investigated, in addition to dialect. The primary analytical techniques used in this chapter are generalized fixed-effects logistic regression modelling and random forests of conditional inference trees. The chapter concludes that the dialect-split hypothesis must be considered falsified.

Keywords: Dialect-split hypothesis; partial null subject language; diatopic variation; translation status; genre; period; fixed-effects regression modelling; random forests

Chapter.  15780 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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