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Grammaticalization and Parametric Variation
Old English (OE) exhibits main clause / subordinate clause word order asymmetries comparable to those found in modern West Germanic languages such as Dutch or German. Finite verbs generally occur near the beginning of a main clause whereas they tend to occur towards the end of subordinate clauses. Furthermore (in contrast to modern West Germanic), it has been observed that conjoined main clauses often have subordinate clause word order in OE. This chapter addresses the question of how thesedoi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272129.003.0016 fatcat:uxazezvfknby7fyikneyt4mssy