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Constraints on Structure and Derivation in Syntax, Phonology and Morphology


Anna Bloch-Rozmej and Anna Bondaruk

The papers collected in this volume explore the major mechanisms, that is derivations and constraints, claimed to be responsible for various aspects of the linguistic systems, their syntax, phonology and morphology. The contributors approach these issues through a detailed analysis of selected phenomena of Modern English, Old English, Polish, Russian, Hungarian and Icelandic, offering novel theoretical and descriptive insights into the working of human language.

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Syntax of load verbs in Old English (Katarzyna Sówka-Pietraszewska)


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Katarzyna Sówka-Pietraszewska

Wrocław University

Syntax of load verbs in Old English

Abstract: The paper provides evidence for the Lexicalist approach (Krifka 1999; Levin 1993; Levin and Rappaport Hovav 2005, among others) to diathesis alternation, which claims that the syntactic variants in alternation are not syntactically related and that they realise different lexical meanings of a verb. The analysis presented in the paper shows the syntactic realisation patterns of load verbs in Old English and examines the core meaning of the verbs in the syntactic variants of locative alternation in that period.

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