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A Probabilistic Approach in Historical Linguistics Word Order Change in Infinitival Clauses: from Latin to Old French

  title={A Probabilistic Approach in Historical Linguistics Word Order Change in Infinitival Clauses: from Latin to Old French},
  author={Olga Scrivner},
  • O. Scrivner
  • Published 1 June 2015
  • Computer Science, History
  • ArXiv
This thesis investigates word order change in infinitival clauses from Object-Verb (OV) to VerbObject (VO) in the history of Latin and Old French. By applying a variationist approach, I view word order change as a diachronic variation, which is probabilistically influenced by internal and external language contexts. That is, I examine a synchronic word order variation in each stage of language change, from which I infer the character, periodization and constraints of diachronic variation. I… 
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