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This article gathers a motivated inventory of Old English self-manipulative verbs, including verbs and verbs, analyses their semantics and syntax and offers diachronic perspectives on the replacement of -clause complementation with the + - construction. Such perspectives go in two directions. Firstly, the semantics of the -clause remains intact throughout the change to the + - construction. Secondly, deverbal nominalisations contribute to the semantics and syntax required by the gerund. The main conclusion is that verbs are exceptional because the competition leading to the Complement Shift does not hold between finite and non-finite clauses, but between finite clauses and deverbal nominalisations. This has two important consequences: the status of derived nominal linked predications must be acknowledged, and deverbal nominalisations must occupy the top of the syntactic ranking of clause linkage.

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Keywords: desententialisation ; Old English ; semantics ; complement shift ; syntax
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