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By Katrin Axel

This monograph is the 1st book-length research on outdated excessive German syntax from a generative point of view in two decades. It offers an in-depth exploration of the previous excessive German pre-verb-second grammar via answering the next questions: To what volume did generalized verb move exist in outdated excessive German? used to be there already compulsory XP-movement to the left outer edge in declarative root clauses? What deviations from the linear verb-second restrict are attested and what do such phenomena display concerning the constitution of the left sentence outer edge? Did verb placement play a similar function in sentence typing as within the sleek verb-second languages? one more significant subject is null matters: it's claimed that outdated excessive German used to be a partial pro-drop language. a lot of these concerns are addressed from a comparative-diachronic standpoint via integrating examine on different previous Germanic languages, specifically on previous English and Gothic. This e-book is of curiosity to all these operating within the fields of comparative Germanic syntax and ancient linguistics.

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