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Null referential subjects in Oevdalian

Rosenkvist, Henrik LU (2008)
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In this article, Oevdalian referential null subjects are introduced and analysed. A general background to Oevdalian is provided, whereupon the syntactic restrictions of the possible null subjects (wįð ('we') and ið ('you')) are presented. Interestingly, these null subjects do not appear in the same syntactic positions; whereas null ið seems to be unrestricted, null wįð may only appear in positions immediately preceding the finite verb. It is suggested that null wįð has emerged through two successive reanalyses, in which imperative clauses in 1p plural have been interpreted as indicative, while null ið is possible since the pronoun ið has merged with the verb affix, i.e, it has become a (kind of) clitic.

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In this article, Oevdalian referential null subjects are introduced and analysed. A general background to Oevdalian is provided, whereupon the syntactic restrictions of the possible null subjects (wįð ('we') and ið ('you')) are presented. Interestingly, these null subjects do not appear in the same syntactic positions; whereas null ið seems to be unrestricted, null wįð may only appear in positions immediately preceding the finite verb. It is suggested that null wįð has emerged through two successive reanalyses, in which imperative clauses in 1p plural have been interpreted as indicative, while null ið is possible since the pronoun ið has merged with the verb affix, i.e, it has become a (kind of) clitic.

In the second part of the paper, the syntactic properties of referential null subjects in Oevdalian is utilized in a more general discussion concerning the syntactic properties of null subjects in partial null subject languages, following e.g. Platzack (2003, 2004) and Holmberg (2005). (Less)
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In the second part of the paper, the syntactic properties of referential null subjects in Oevdalian is utilized in a more general discussion concerning the syntactic properties of null subjects in partial null subject languages, following e.g. Platzack (2003, 2004) and Holmberg (2005).},
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  title        = {Null referential subjects in Oevdalian},
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