The Old English origins of the Northern Subject Rule

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It has generally been assumed that the Northern Subject Rule (NSR), a grammatical constraint which conditioned present verbal morphology in northern Middle English according to the type and position of the subject, did not exist in Old Northumbrian (Pietsch 2005; de Haas 2008). Using data from the tenth-century Northumbrian gloss to the Latin Gospelbook the <i>Lindisfarne</i> <i>Gospels</i>, this paper aims to show that the distribution of present verbal morphology in <i>Lindisfarne</i> indicates that the syntactic configuration at the crux of the NSR was already a feature of Old Northumbrian. The OE dating for the NSR suggested by these findings may consequentially strengthen the argument for a Brittonic derivation of the NSR (Klemola 2000; Vennemann 2001; de Haas 2008; Benskin 2011).


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