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?