Project Title: The Loss of Grammatical Gender and its Impact on Syntax and Discourse
School: School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences (PPLS)
About Gerardo’s Research
Why and how the basic word order of a language may change is still a puzzle. Pronouns give important clues in language acquisition as to the base position of the object. In early English, there was a change in basic word order at the same time that certain object pronoun constructions were lost. This project hypothesises that the loss of grammatical gender played a crucial role in the loss of these tell–tale pronoun constructions. This will help us understand how word–order change can be the result of a domino–effect of changes going on elsewhere in the grammar.
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