Diachrone Syntax

Diachronic Development in Isolation: The Loss of V2 Phenomena in Cimbrian

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This paper deals with the syntactic development of Cimbrian, a German dialect, which was spoken for centuries in some enclaves in northern Italy. In particular, we argue that the 'dismantlement' of the V2 phenomenon is connected with a change concerning the 'nature' of specific word order patterns: from 'allowed' V2 exceptions to 'unmarked' and frequent constructions, i.e., from hanging topic (freies Thema) in WH-clause to 'new' left dislocation modalities, which finally bring to generalized V3 in the declarative clause.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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