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Folia Linguistica

Acta Societatis Linguisticae Europaeae

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Volume 34, Issue 1


The Northern Subject Rule in first-person singular contexts in fourteenth-fifteenth-century Scots

María Nieves Rodríguez Ledesma
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Published Online: 2013-10-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/flih.2013.006


The article focuses on the operation of the Northern Subject Rule in the first-person singular in early Scots. It establishes that the first-person singular was under the scope of the NSR in the fourteenth and the fifteenth centuries, with a near-categorical operation of the Proximity-to-Subject Constraint. In addition, it reveals the strength of this constraint, which in recent literature has generally been assumed to be less robust than the Type-of-Subject Constraint. A comparison with Northern Middle English suggests that Scots was more advanced in the operation of the NSR.

Keywords: Northern Subject Rule; Older Scots; Proximity-to-Subject Constraint

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Published Online: 2013-10-16

Published in Print: 2013-10-01

Citation Information: Folia Linguistica Historica, Volume 34, Issue 1, Pages 149–172, ISSN (Online) 1614-7316, ISSN (Print) 0168-647X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/flih.2013.006.

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