LINGUIST List 14.1103

Mon Apr 14 2003

Qs: Split CP, Middle Eng Impersonal Verbs

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  1. Maren Kassow, Split CP
  2. Martine Taeymans, impersonal verbs in Middle English

Message 1: Split CP

Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 11:07:21 +0200
From: Maren Kassow <>
Subject: Split CP

> Hello everybody!

Perhaps somebody can help me to solve the following problem.
I am searching for information on the existence of empirical evidence 
for the Split CP (Luigi Rizzi), similar to that for the Split-IP 
hypothesis (data from aphasics etc.)?
Thank you for your help!

Maren Kassow
University of Frankfurt, Germany
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Message 2: impersonal verbs in Middle English

Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 05:39:02 +0000
From: Martine Taeymans <>
Subject: impersonal verbs in Middle English

Dear linguists,

I am a young Belgian scholar and am currently looking at the verb NEED
in the Middle English subcorpora of the Helsinki corpus. In the late
ME data, NEED occurs in personal and impersonal constructions, but it
is not always clear to me whether NEED is impersonal or intransitive
in a number of constructions - I hope you can help!

What about e.g. ''What nedith more declaracioun?'' In the MED (An
Tabor (ed.), 1978:78) it is listed as an impersonal construction,
while similar constructions with ''What needs ...'' are labelled
'intransitive' in the OED (1989:289). The same holds for
constructions such as ''There nedith no more delcaracioun'', which get
an impersonal label in the MED, but an intransitive one in the OED.
Further, Visser (1970:1345) considers constructions such as ''it
nedeth not to tell gou the names of the cytees'' to be impersonal.
These, too, would be intransitive rather than impersonal in the OED.

Any suggestions or comments concerning the above example sentences or
concerning impersonal verbs in general are welcome!

Best regards
Martine Taeymans (LUC/UA)

Subject-Language: English; Code: ENG 
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