Word Order Change in Icelandic

From OV to VO

| University of Tromsø
ISBN 9789027227560 (Eur) | EUR 130.00
ISBN 9781556192098 (USA) | USD 195.00
ISBN 9789027299208 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
While Modern Icelandic exhibits a virtually uniform VO order in the VP, Old(er) Icelandic had both VO order and OV order, as well as ‘mixed’ word order patterns. In this volume, the author both examines the various VP-word order patterns from a descriptive and statistical point of view and provides a synchronic and diachronic analysis of VP-syntax in Old(er) Icelandic in terms of generative grammar. Her account makes use of a number of independently motivated ideas, notably remnant-movement of various kinds of predicative phrase, and the long movement associated with “restructuring” phenomena, to provide an analysis of OV orders and, correspondingly, a proposal as to which aspect of Icelandic syntax must have changed when VO word order became the norm: the essential change is loss of VP-extraction from VP. Although this idea is mainly supported here for Icelandic, it has numerous implications for the synchronic and diachronic analysis of other Germanic languages.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 35]  2000.  xiv, 385 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Diachronic Syntax
3. Synchronic Theoretical Background
4. The Decline of OV Word Order
5. Base Word Order
6. The Nature of Preverbal Objects
7. Word Order Patterns
8. Object Positions
9. Parameter Change
10. Summary and Conclusions
Subject Index
“Hroardottir's book advances knowledge of the Icelandic word order change, and it is clearly written and well-organized.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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