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タイトル: The Parameter 'Agreeing-D'and Unification of Three Changes in the D-system in the History of English
著者: Kondo, Norihiko
キーワード: D(eterminer)-system
Old English (OE)
Early Middle English (EME)
Late Middle English (LME)
発行日: 2006年6月
出版者: Tokyo University English Linguistics Association
掲載誌情報: Linguistic research : working papers in English linguistics. No.22, 2006.6, pp. 1-27
抄録: In this paper, I will concentrate my attention on three changes in the D-system in the history of English : (i) the loss of clitic pronouns, (ii) the birth of definite articles (or the demise of inflected demonstrative pronouns as a definite article) and (iii) the emergence of a new pronominal system. The basic assumption in this paper is that UG has the (null) agreeing D as a parametric option (cf. Watanabe (2004a)). I also follow Watanabe in assuming that the system of Japanese-type indeterminates and that of (overt) definite articles can be used as a diagnosis for the agreeing nature of D. In addition to these two diagnoses, however, I count on one more linguistic phenomenon for this purpose : namely, the system of chic pronouns. On these assumptions, it becomes clear from the observations in this paper that OE and EME belong to the same class as Japanese and Latin in the typology proposed by Watanabe, while LME is classified as a member of the category to which Modern English and Lakhota also belong. Based on this classification, then, I conclude that the value of the parameter 'Agreeing-D'had been switched in the transition from EME to LME, and that this single parametric change had caused the three changes in the D-system in the history of English.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2261/6809
出現カテゴリ:Linguistic research : working papers in English linguistics
Linguistic research : working papers in English linguistics


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