Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale
52 | 2018

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale
52 | 2018

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale | 52 | 2018

Mood Alternations in Old High German Subordinate Clauses

Marco Coniglio
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Deutschland
marco.coniglio@phil.uni-goettingen.de

Roland Hinterhölzl
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
rolandh@unive.it

Svetlana Petrova
Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Deutschland
petrova@uni-wuppertal.de

DOI 10.30687/AnnOc/2499-1562/2018/01/001

Submitted 03 Aug 2018
Accepted 14 Aug 2018

Abstract

In this paper, Old High German mood alternations in the different types of subordinate clauses (complement, adverbial and relative clauses) are discussed. The use of the subjunctive in subordinate clauses is notoriously more frequent than in Modern German and has not yet been thoroughly investigated. Based on a comprehensive corpus study, the paper will show that the licensing conditions for the subjunctive in Old High German are determined by notions such as veridicality and – in relative contexts – specificity. These conditions are thus similar (but not always identical) to those observed for Modern Greek and Romance languages. Furthermore, a syntactic analysis is provided in order to account for the licensing of the subjunctive in each type of subordinate clause.

Keywords
Old High German. Mood alternation. Subordinate clause. Complement clause. Adverbial clause. Relative clause. Subjunctive. Indicative. Corpus study. Veridicality. Specificity.

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Coniglio Marco

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Hinterhölzl Roland

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Petrova Svetlana

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Mood Alternations in Old High German Subordinate Clauses

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Journal Article

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en

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http://doi.org/10.14277/AnnOc/2499-1562/2018/01/001

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In this paper, Old High German mood alternations in the different types of subordinate clauses (complement, adverbial and relative clauses) are discussed. The use of the subjunctive in subordinate clauses is notoriously more frequent than in Modern German and has not yet been thoroughly investigated. Based on a comprehensive corpus study, the paper will show that the licensing conditions for the subjunctive in Old High German are determined by notions such as veridicality and – in relative contexts – specificity. These conditions are thus similar (but not always identical) to those observed for Modern Greek and Romance languages. Furthermore, a syntactic analysis is provided in order to account for the licensing of the subjunctive in each type of subordinate clause.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale

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Vol. 52 | Num. 1 | Settembre 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-09-28

dc.dateAccepted

2018-08-03

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2018-08-14

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2499-2232

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2499-1562

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Old High German

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Mood alternation

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Subordinate clause

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Complement clause

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Adverbial clause

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Relative clause

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Subjunctive

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Indicative

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Corpus study

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Veridicality

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Specificity

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