A contribution to the problem of word-order in old and middle English

Linguistica. 1955;1(1)


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Journal Title: Linguistica

ISSN: 0024-3922 (Print); 2350-420X (Online)

Publisher: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete Univerze v Ljubljani (Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts)

Society/Institution: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts

LCC Subject Category: Language and Literature: Philology. Linguistics

Country of publisher: Slovenia

Language of fulltext: Slovenian, German, French, English, Italian

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Abstract | Full Text

An interesting, though not very common phenomenon in Current English word-order is afforded by the occurrence of the inverted subject (inverted word-order, VS) in declarative sentences1 which is, on the one hand, far less frequent than in German and Scandinavian languages2 — in this respect English goes parallel with French —, and, on the other hand, also f a r less frequent than in Old and Middle English, both resorting to the inverted word-order in many cases in which it is 110 longer admitted in Current English.3 Thus we meet — among other cases of its use in older English — the inversion of the subject especially in the so-called introduced declarative sentences, e.g.