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Re: Germanic and Celtic (was Re: Verb-second ... verb-penultimate languages?)

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 11:18

Peter Bleackley writes:
>... > I was wondering if there could have been a VSO Germano-Celtic > ancestor, of which a dialect developed topic-fronting, which then > branched off to become Germanic with TVSO developing into V2.
But I think at least most generative grammarians would classify German as basically SOV (in most subordinate clauses), having the one-movement order VSO in questions (and in certain sub-ordinate clauses) and the two-movements order TVSO in propositional sentences. But I don't know to what extent the SOV in subordinate clauses is pan-Germanic/was Proto-Germanic. Today, German, Dutch, Afrikaans, and closely related langs/dialects have it. Others? **Henrik


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>