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Base-generation of Old English Adverbials
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to examine 30 occurrences of each of the four Old English adverbials eac swilce, soðlice, swa þeah and witodlice within the theoretical framework of Government and Binding Theory. This theory distinguishes deep structure from surface structure, where the former is a basic structure of grammatical hierarchy, and the latter the structure derived from it, i.e. the sentence as it appears in a text. Within the deep structure there are three levels of organisation: the verb phrase, the inflectional phrase and the complementation phrase. Within each of these phrases there is a possible location for the origin, or base-generation, of an adverbial. The purpose of this essay is thus to determine where each adverbial was base-generated. The sentences examined were extracted from a selected portion of the Dictionary of Old English Corpus. Base-generation is revealed by means of a tree-diagram, in which the deep structure and surface structure are illustrated simultaneously, and arrows are drawn between two positions in order to indicate the movements necessary to generate a given surface structure out of a given deep structure.

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2009. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
Old English, adverbials, syntax, Government and Binding Theory, base-generation.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28388OAI: diva2:224115
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2009-08-11 Created: 2009-06-16 Last updated: 2009-08-11Bibliographically approved

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