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Further development will probably result in a preference of one or the other syntactic position of SPEC and the genitive-N", respectively. This was the case in West Germanic. It soon developed a configurational N"-structure with SPEC and N" as heads to the left of N': 38 Kurt Braunmüller (15) N" in West Germanic SPEC The development in North Germanic was different: it remained nonconfigurational in its N"-structure (cf. [14]). In Old Norse, a subcategorial splitting of N" can, however, be observed.

D. D. 750]) b. D. 550-600]) The position of the numerals with an attributive function is quite unclear (one example in favor of, and one against, SVO-order). (5) Numerals a. stAbA pria '3 staves' (RäF 95: Gummarp [about A. D. 600]) The development of the noun phrase in Germanic languages 31 b. brijoR dohtriR '3 daughters' (RäF 72: Tune [about A. D. 400]) Furthermore, adjectives are scarcely attested. The only inscription which shows adjectives is Stentoften. , e. l (6) Adjectives b. niuhA borumR 'new fanners' niuha gestumR 'new guests' (RäF 96: Stentoften [about A.

D. 700]) b. magoR minas staina 'my son's stone' (RäF 60: Vetteland [about A. D. 350]) 32 Kurt Braunmüller ? D. ) hnabdas hlaiwa 'Hnabdas' grave' (RäF 78: B0 [about A. D. 500]) ///an waruR '([male] noun)'s [stone] enclosure' (RäF 79: Tomstad, [about A. D. D. 500-525]) hideR runono 'the sequence of bright-runes' (RäF 96: Stentoften [about A. D. D. 650-700]) hAripulfs stAinAR 'Harithulf's stones' (RäF 80: Rävsal [about A. D. 750]) Finally, appositional and patronymic expressions have to be considered.

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