Diacronia 1, January 13, 2015, art. A3 (p. 1–13)

Are there Slavonic features in the syntax of Romanian? Two case studies

Adina Dragomirescu


  • “Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics, Calea 13 Septembrie 13, 050711 Bucharest, Romania
  • Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest, Str. Edgar Quinet 5–7, Sector 1, 010017 Bucharest, Romania


Received June 10, 2014
Accepted July 8, 2014
Published January 13, 2015

Key words

old Romanian
Romanian-Slavonic contact
relative adjectives
auxiliary inversion


The present paper discusses the issue of the Old Church Slavonic influence on the syntax of (old) Romanian. The starting point is the hypothesis that many of the syntactic features of Romanian previously explained by postulating the influence of (Old Church) Slavonic (especially in studies strongly influenced by ideological issues, published during the Communist period) are actually either regular transformations which occurred in the transition from Latin to Romanian, common to the other Romance languages as well, or the output of more general tendencies manifested in the history of Indo-European languages. In order to check the role of the Slavonic influence in the syntax of Romanian, we have established a working algorithm, which is applied to two phenomena from old Romanian: (i) the position of relative adjectives, and (ii) scrambling in compound verbal forms in correlation with auxiliary inversion.


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    Text:Dragomirescu, A. (2015). Are there Slavonic features in the syntax of Romanian? Two case studies, Diacronia 1 (January 13), A3 (1–13),
     author = {Adina Dragomirescu},
     title = {Are there Slavonic features in the syntax of Romanian? Two case studies},
     journal = {Diacronia},
     ISSN = {2393-1140},
     year = {2015},
     month = {January},
     number = {1},
     eid = {A3},
     doi = {},
     pages = "(1–13)",
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