Gothic Relative and Explicative Clauses Introduced by Enclitic

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This paper discusses Gothic relative and explicative clauses introduced by the enclitic complementizer . Their structural similarity has led to the uniform treatment of these two types of dependent clauses by, for example, von der Gabelentz - Loebe (1846). Functionally, however, relative and explicative clauses are obviously distinct: relative clauses modify a constituent of the principal clause, whereas explicative clauses refer to the whole proposition expressed by the principal clause. Separate analysis reveals that in relative clauses, the enclitic complementizer is in overlapping distribution with the relative pronoun and the relativizers and ; in explicative clauses, is in overlapping distribution with the complementizers and In addition, this paper argues against analyzing the cataphoric demonstrative with the enclitic as complementizer introducing content clauses after verbs governing oblique cases. Among the proponents of this distinction are von Sallwürk (1875) and Delbrück (1904).

Gothic Relative and Explicative Clauses Introduced by Enclitic

in Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik

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