chapter  2
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ASPECT

In the absence of functional categories, in particular, in the absence of inflectional heads from the clause structure two alternative predictions are made about the occurrence of verbal forms in data from the Prefunctional stage. The first is that inflectional affixation will be all but absent from the relevant data. This claim is consistent with the findings of traditional approaches (Brown (1973), Clark & Clark (1977) among others) with respect to early English. Radford (1990) provides a detailed description of the absence of the infinitival marker 'to', modals, auxiliaries, the dummy element 'do1 as well as any morphological Tense and Agreement distinctions.