By Linda van Bergen
First released in 2003, this can be a research of the syntactic behaviour of private pronoun topics and the indefinite pronoun man, in previous English. It specializes in changes in observe order compared to complete noun words. In generative paintings on previous English, noun words have often divided into different types: 'nominal' and 'pronominal'. The latter type has mostly been constrained to non-public pronouns, yet regardless of outstanding similarities to the behaviour of nominals there was sturdy cause to think that man may be grouped with own pronouns. This publication explores investigations performed along with assistance from the Toronto Corpus, which proven this hypothesis.
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Ba men Pu scealt smerwan mid by ele be . . & \>&t ofstandene bicce those men you must smear with the oil that and the remaining thick slipige horh15 pu scealt mid b&ni genemnedan laecedomum wyrman slimy mucus you must with the previously mentioned leechdoms warm & bynnian and thin ‘you must anoint those men with the oil which . . 14) b. 1) (16) ba wyrt petersilian . & dile . 1). 7. 15 The fronted object is actually a very long and complex phrase consisting of several noun phrases, and it has been truncated to the last constituent.
7. 15 The fronted object is actually a very long and complex phrase consisting of several noun phrases, and it has been truncated to the last constituent. 16 Notice the unusual placement of the complement clause (hwcer se man . . sie) preceding the main verb. Topicalisation and (non-)inversion (17) 35 t>ises pu nytta ge 6n aefenne. 6) In short, it looks as if the behaviour of man is genuinely different from that of personal pronouns in this particular text/dialect. However, this does not alter the conclusion that in most texts man appears to behave as a pronominal subject with respect to inversion, at least when the verb is neither negated nor in the subjunctive mood.
The suggestion does not appear to have been followed up in any subsequent work. Although Bacquet (1962: 38) refers to this part of Roth’s work approvingly, and elsewhere mentions Fourquet, he does not actually give any relevant information on the subject in the discussion of his own data on Alfredian prose. He cites some examples with man in clauses with topicalisation, but since he does not distinguish between types of subject, or between coordinated and uncoordinated clauses for that matter, these are of little practical use.