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The decline of Latin left-peripheral presentational foci: causes and consequences

Lieven Danckaert UGent (2015) Syntax over time : lexical, morphological and information-structural interactions. In Oxford Studies in Diachronic & Historical Linguistics 15. p.265-279
abstract
This chapter is concerned with the syntax and diachronic evolution of a particular focalization strategy in Latin, which involves displacement of presentational foci to the clausal left periphery. On the basis of a large‐scale corpus study, it is shown that this phenomenon starts to decline around the first half of the first century AD. It is suggested that this evolution is related to another syntactic change that took place in the same period, namely a decreasing frequency of verb‐final sentences. It is argued that both the predominant SOV word order of Latin and the occurrence of presentational foci in the left periphery can be accounted for by assuming that the entire vP is moved to the middle field, to a position higher than the tense phrase. Finally, the loss of vP movement can explain both of the aforementioned syntactic changes.
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Latin, left periphery, focalization, directionality of complementation, word order
book title
Syntax over time : lexical, morphological and information-structural interactions
editor
Theresa Biberauer and George Walkden
series title
Oxford Studies in Diachronic & Historical Linguistics
volume
15
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265 - 279
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Oxford University Press
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Oxford, UK
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9780199687923
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English
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B2
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3054104
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3054104
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2012-11-18 13:22:55
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  author       = {Danckaert, Lieven},
  booktitle    = {Syntax over time : lexical, morphological and information-structural interactions},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {265--279},
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  series       = {Oxford Studies in Diachronic \& Historical Linguistics},
  title        = {The decline of Latin left-peripheral presentational foci: causes and consequences},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2015},
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Chicago
Danckaert, Lieven. 2015. “The Decline of Latin Left-peripheral Presentational Foci: Causes and Consequences.” In Syntax over Time : Lexical, Morphological and Information-structural Interactions, ed. Theresa Biberauer and George Walkden, 15:265–279. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
APA
Danckaert, L. (2015). The decline of Latin left-peripheral presentational foci: causes and consequences. In T. Biberauer & G. Walkden (Eds.), Syntax over time : lexical, morphological and information-structural interactions (Vol. 15, pp. 265–279). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Vancouver
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Danckaert L. The decline of Latin left-peripheral presentational foci: causes and consequences. In: Biberauer T, Walkden G, editors. Syntax over time : lexical, morphological and information-structural interactions. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; 2015. p. 265–79.
MLA
Danckaert, Lieven. “The Decline of Latin Left-peripheral Presentational Foci: Causes and Consequences.” Syntax over Time : Lexical, Morphological and Information-structural Interactions. Ed. Theresa Biberauer & George Walkden. Vol. 15. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2015. 265–279. Print.