Variation, Contact and Change
On the V2-type that disappears in ME: María Francisca Buys and Concha Castillo
María Francisca Buys and Concha CastilloUniversity of Málaga
On the V2-type that disappears in ME
In this paper we deal with a type of topicalisation structure that M(iddle)E(nglish) inherits from O(ld)E(nglish) and whose disappearance after the ME period is arguably responsible for English not being referred to as a V2 language, as is the case with Germanic languages in general. The structure is exemplified in (1) below.
Three major questions have been posed in the diachronic generative literature of the last three decades regarding structures like (1):
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