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The influence of the Latin Vulgate on the word order of pronominal enclitics in the 1st edition of the Old Czech Bible

From the book Diachronic Slavonic Syntax

  • Pavel Kosek , Radek Čech and Olga Navrátilová


This study is devoted to the word order of the short pronominal forms mi, sě, tě ‘me.dat, refl. acc, you.acc’ dependent on a finite verb in the 1st edition of the Old Czech Bible. The forms studied - permanent enclitics in modern Czech - are numerous enough so that their analysis is possible (unlike other pronominal enclitic forms, i.e., si, ti, ho, mu ‘refl.dat, you.dat, he.acc, he.dat’). In the introduction and Section 2, we summarize the results of the previous research dedicated: 1. to the degree to which the forms sě and tě were enclitics, 2. to the factors that influence the competition between the post-initial word order and a ‘contact’ word order of pronominal (and verbal) enclitics (the competition is documented well into the beginning of the 20th century in Czech). In the analytical part (Sections 3 and 4), we investigate the possible influence of the Latin word order of the Vulgate (Parisian Bible) on the word order of the forms examined.

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