Chapter published in:Studies in West Frisian Grammar
Selected papers by Germen J. de Haan
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 161] 2010
► pp. 131–152
Chapter 6. The Imperativus-pro-Infinitivo
In this paper, we study the internal and external structure of a Frisian syntactic construction which consists of two parts, the second part being introduced by the element en ‘and’ followed by a moved verb form. As to the external structure, we argue that the generally accepted distinction of this construction in a coordinated type and a subordinated type has to be replaced with two types of subordination. This analysis opens a perspective on the historical development of this construction that does not have to call upon an a priori implausible form of grammatical reconstruction. As to the internal structure, we give special attention to a possible approach of the way the implicit subject of the construction is identified.