LINGUIST List 11.455

Fri Mar 3 2000

Books: Germanic Ling, English Historical Syntax

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Germanic Ling: Plautdietsch Verb Conjugation, Eldo Neufeld
  2. LINCOM EUROPA, Germanic Ling: Plautdietsch Grammar, Eldo Neufeldt
  3. LINCOM EUROPA, English Historical Syntax: A Statistical Corpus-based Study

Message 1: Germanic Ling: Plautdietsch Verb Conjugation, Eldo Neufeld

Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2000 09:39:40 +0100
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Germanic Ling: Plautdietsch Verb Conjugation, Eldo Neufeld

Plautdietsch Verb Conjugation 
ELDO NEUFELD

In retirement from the profession of librarianship, it was the
author�s intention to do some writing in his mother tongue of
Plautdietsch, a dialect of Nether Saxon Low German, or Niederdeutsch.
In his childhood (in the 1930s and 40s) this dialect was still widely
spoken in Central Kansas and in various areas of Canada. Today it is
in dire danger of extinction. The discovery that a knowledge of verb
forms was indispensable, lead to an attempt to conjugate a few verbs
in all the tenses. That attempt has now grown to a large total of
verbs, 501 of which are included in this collection. Publications of
such collections of conjugations are common in all major languages.

The conjugations consist of the 6 simple and 6 perfect tenses in the
indicative mood, 1 simple and 1 perfect tense in the conditional mood,
and 6 simple and 6 perfect tenses in the subjunctive mood. With each
verb are included its English and German equivalent infinitives.
These are listed in 2 indices which follow the conjugations: an
English-Plautdietsch index and a German-Plautdietsch index, which
enable a person to find instantly the Plautdietsch verb he wishes to
use.

[Published in 2 volumes.]

Vol I. ISBN 389586 614 8. LINCOM Studies in Germanic Linguistics 09. Ca.
580 pp. EUR 67.49 / USD 74 / DM 132 / � 44. 

Vol II. ISBN 389586 882 5. LINCOM Studies in Germanic Linguistics 10.
Ca. 580 pp. EUR 67.49 / USD 74 / DM 132 / � 44. 



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LINCOM EUROPA, Freibadstr. 3
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Germany
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http://www.lincom-europa.com
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Message 2: Germanic Ling: Plautdietsch Grammar, Eldo Neufeldt

Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2000 09:41:27 +0100
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Germanic Ling: Plautdietsch Grammar, Eldo Neufeldt

Plautdietsch Grammar
ELDO NEUFELDT

The stimulus for this project arises out of the realization that the
Nether Saxon Low German dialect, Plautdietsch (a dialect, among
others, of Niederdeutsch), is in dire danger of extinction. In the
author's childhood (in the 1930s and 40s) the dialect was still widly
spoken in Central Kansas and in various areas of Canada. Today there
is a great need for help for many people whose parents spoke the
dialect but did not pass it down to the next generation. This brief
grammar seeks to help fill that need.

The work consists of 15 lessons, beginning with the smallest units of
language, the letters of the alphabet and their sounds, moving from
there to words, individual lessons on each of the parts of speech and
their uses. Next come lessons on the combination of words in their
proper relationships in the construction of sentences, and finally the
combinations of sentences into texts as the largest unit of language.
The final two lessons cover the areas of times and numbers. Each
lesson consists of 1) grammatical material, 2) a vocabulary, 3) a
brief narrative to be read, and 4) two sets of exercises, one in
English and one in Plautdietsch.

ISBN 3895866156. 
LINCOM Studies in Germanic Linguistics 08. 
Ca. 60 pp. EUR 25.21 / USD 31.50 / DM 49.30 / � 19.90. 



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Message 3: English Historical Syntax: A Statistical Corpus-based Study

Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2000 08:48:37 +0100
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: English Historical Syntax: A Statistical Corpus-based Study


Historical English Syntax 

A statistical corpus-based study on the organisation 
of Early Modern English sentences

Javier P�rez-Guerra, University of Vigo

In this monograph the author explores the syntactic organisation of
declarative clauses from late Middle English to present-day English
and pays special attention to the consequences which the location of
the subject has for the determination of the unmarked word order in
Early Modern English. The data have been taken from two electronic
corpora, namely, The Helsinki Corpus of English Texts and the
Lancaster/Oslo-Bergen Corpus of British English.

The author outlines his own concept of 'theme,' which will be useful
for the (explanatory and descriptive) purposes of describing syntactic
(un)markedness. Such a concept leads to the existence of, on the one
hand, an unmarked SV organisation and, on the other, of several marked
patterns, viz sentences introduced by existential there, instances of
subject extraposition and insertion of it, clefts, topicalisations,
left-dislocations and subject inversions. The subsystems just
mentioned are located on a scale of markedness, according to two
variables: first, frequency, which is investigated by way of the
statistical analysis of the data, and, second, 'linguistic
functionality.' This second variable has been examined in the light of
variables such as gender, textual category, discourse taxonomy,
orality and informative principles such as 'given before new' or
end-weight.

JAVIER P�REZ-GUERRA lectures on English linguistics and corpus
linguistics at the Department of English, University of Vigo. His
research is focused on syntactic change from Early Modern English
onwards.

ISBN 3 89586 651 2. 
LINCOM Studies in Germanic Linguistics 11. 
Ca. 300pp. EUR 61.35 / USD 76 / DM 120 / � 45. 
2nd printing: 03/2000



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