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Do the wealthy stay healthy? : Rich agreement and verb movement in early English

Do the wealthy stay healthy? : Rich agreement and verb movement in early English

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WALKDEN, George, 2021. Do the wealthy stay healthy? : Rich agreement and verb movement in early English. In: Journal of Historical Syntax. Universität Konstanz. 5(30). eISSN 2163-6001. Available under: doi: 10.18148/hs/2021.v5i30.77

@article{Walkden2021wealt-54990, title={Do the wealthy stay healthy? : Rich agreement and verb movement in early English}, year={2021}, doi={10.18148/hs/2021.v5i30.77}, number={30}, volume={5}, journal={Journal of Historical Syntax}, author={Walkden, George} }

Attribution 4.0 International Walkden, George Do the wealthy stay healthy? : Rich agreement and verb movement in early English This paper is a review of the evidence and arguments that have been put forward for a major causal role for the loss of rich agreement in driving changes in verb movement in the history of English. It focuses particularly on Kroch & Taylor (1997), who propose a scenario in which the rise and fall of strict V2 in English is inextricably linked with rich verbal agreement. I provide some reasons to doubt this story: in particular, theories of rich agreement do not make the predictions needed for Kroch & Taylor’s account. Moreover, I show that the distribution of verb movement in historical Englishes is arguably not what would be predicted under any account of rich agreement. Finally, I sketch an alternative account for the loss of verb movement based on developments in the Modern English mood and aspect system. Walkden, George 2021-09-23T12:21:49Z 2021-09-23T12:21:49Z eng 2021

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