The Welsh of Jesus and Job: Verb-second in Middle Welsh

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https://doi.org/10.21248/hpsg.2021.1

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Middle Welsh is a VSO language with the verb before the subject in all kinds of finite clause. However, positive declarative main clauses normally show verb-second order with a constituent of some kind before the finite verb. There are questions about the nature of this restriction. There are also questions about subject-initial sentences, which show surprising agreement properties, whether the subject is a topic or a focused constituent. All these questions can be given plausible answers within HPSG.

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2021-10-14

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Borsley, Robert D. 2021. The Welsh of Jesus and Job: Verb-second in Middle Welsh. Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 6–25. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2021.1) (https://proceedings.hpsg.xyz/article/view/406) (Accessed December 8, 2022.)