S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 25 Number 1/4 (1989)
고대영어의 어순에 관하여 : On Old English Word Order
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- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.25 No.1, pp. 61-80
- In this paper I discussed the most important recent theories about non-configurational
syntax and extended the discussion to Old English data. The viability of either a configurational or a non-configurational analysis is explored with the help of so-called indirect passive constructions. However, these constructions do not require a non-configurational analysis, since a regular, hierarchical structure can accommodate the NP arguments. The problem, then, is that in order to make a configurational proposal, we have to adopt the operation of an extra case-assignment principle-the so-called chain-government principle, which remains an ad hoc solution
without apparent motivation. In this respect, I suggested the underlying assumption that old English is an SOV language with a hierarchical structure, displaying a fair amount of regularity and conformity. Verb-particle combinations and the phenomena of extraposition were suggested as strong supporting evidences for the underlying SOV hypothesis in Old English.
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