The article discusses verb valency with special regard to case government as observable in the Freising Monuments (Sln. Brižinski spomeniki), which, dating to between 972 and 1039
AD, represent the oldest documented chronological variant of Slovene. A general typology of valence/government is built, deriving the various attested patterns from the lexical meaning of the verbal root, the type of the verbal suffix, and/or the verbal prefix. The system directly observable in the language of the Freising Monuments is then effectively compared with that of Old Church Slavonic (9th c. AD) and, ultimately, Proto-Slavic. This strategy is used to enable successful identification of the innovatory and progressive changes typical of 10th century Slovene in relation to the reconstructed Proto-Slavic stage.
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