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Project: Aspects of the diachronic Morphsyntax of the Germanic Nominal Domain: From Proto-Germanic to its daughters

01-OCT-11 – 30-SEP-13

The project investigates two main aspects of the diachronic development of the Germanic noun phrase. The first concerns the NP/DP parameter and how the determiner system influences clausal syntax. The second concerns the nanosyntax of the proximal demonstrative ('this' < 'that' + 'see'). Empirical data is drawn from the runic inscriptions, Old Norse, Old English, Old High German, and Gothic.