Topicalization and Stress Clash Avoidance in the History of English

Topicalization and Stress Clash Avoidance in the History of English

by Augustin Speyer
     
 

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The use of object topicalization declined in Middle and Early Modern English because with the loss of V2, topicalization easily led to prosodically ill-formed sentences with focal accents in clash. The book presents and discusses the effects of this ‘Clash Avoidance Requirement’ in present-day English and German as well as in Old English, where it plays

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The use of object topicalization declined in Middle and Early Modern English because with the loss of V2, topicalization easily led to prosodically ill-formed sentences with focal accents in clash. The book presents and discusses the effects of this ‘Clash Avoidance Requirement’ in present-day English and German as well as in Old English, where it plays a crucial role in subject movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110220247
Publisher:
De Gruyter Mouton
Publication date:
03/26/2010
Series:
Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
286
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Augustin Speyer, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany.

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