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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-47559

Stüber, Karin (2011). Grammatikalisierung von Infinitiven am Beispiel des Altirischen. In: Krisch, Thomas; Lindner, Thomas. Indogermanistik und Linguistik im Dialog. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 566-574.



Taking Haspelmath’s definition of the infinitive as a grammaticalized purposive used as complement predicate as a starting point, the article shows that the Old Irish construction consisting of do ‘to’ plus verbal noun with preposed subject or object fulfills these criteria. It is demonstrated that the infinitival phrase developed out of a purposive adverbial phrase that underwent desemanticization and came to be used as complement. In addition, reanalysis of an argument of the matrix clause as overt subject or object of the infinitive led to the typical shape of the do-infinitive with preposed subject or object.



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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Deposited On:15 Mar 2011 15:04
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:53
Publisher:Reichert Verlag
Funders:Schweizerischer Nationalfonds
Additional Information:Akten der XIII. Fachtagung der Indogermanischen Gesellschaft vom 21. bis 27. September 2008 in Salzburg

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