ISBN : 9780198813545
This volume presents the first comprehensive generative account of the historical syntax of German. Leading scholars in the field survey a range of topics and offer new insights into central aspects of clause structure and word order, outlining the different stages of their historical development. Each chapter combines a solid empirical basis with descriptive generalizations, supported by a detailed discussion of theoretical analyses couched in the generative framework. Reference is also made throughout to the more traditional descriptive model of the German clause. The book will be a valuable resource for researchers and students in historical syntax and the Germanic languages, and for both descriptive and theoretical linguists alike.
1 Agnes Jager, Gisella Ferraresi, and Helmut Weiss: Introduction; PART I: The Left Periphery; 2 Svetlana Petrova: Introduction to Part I; 3 Katrin Axel-Tober: Origins of verb-second in Old High German; 4 Svetlana Petrova: Verb-initial declaratives in Old High German and in later German; 5 Augustin Speyer and Helmut Weiss: The prefield after the Old High German period; 6 Gisella Ferraresi: Adverbial connectives; PART II: The Middle Field; 7 Gisella Ferraresi and Agnes Jager: Introduction to Part II; 8 Helmut Weiss: The Wackernagel complex and pronoun raising; 9 Augustin Speyer: Serialization of full noun phrases in the history of German; 10 Anne Breitbarth and Agnes Jager: History of negation in High and Low German; Part III: The Right Periphery; 11 Eric Fuss: Introduction to Part III; 12 Eric Fuss: The OV-VO alternation in Early German: Diagnostics for basic word order; 13 Svetlana Petrova and Helmut Weiss: OV vs VO in Old High German: The case of thaz-clauses; 14 Roland Hinterholzl and Svetlana Petrova: Prosodic and information-structural factors in word order variation; 15 Augustin Speyer: Periphrastic verb forms; 16 Agnes Jager: On the history of the IPP construction in German; 17 Augustin Speyer: The ACI construction in the history of German