Left branch extraction of nominal modifiers in old Scandinavian

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Old Scandinavian differs from modern Scandinavian in allowing Left Branch Extractions of nominal modifiers. In this paper I argue that this difference is related to a difference in noun phrase structure between old Scandinavian and modern Scandinavian: old Scandinavian is a language where modifiers like adjectives, quanti-fiers and numerals are adjoined to NP, whereas in modern Scandinavian such modifiers are heads, taking the noun or its extended projection as its complement. The change from old Scandinavian to modern Scandinavian is seen as the result of a grammaticalization that follows van Gelderen’s (2004) economy principle “Be a head rather than a phrase”.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Languages and Literature
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGrammatical Change and Linguistic Theory : The Rosendal Papers
EditorsThórhallur Eythórsson
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN (Print)9789027233776
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0166-0829

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Swedish (015011001)