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LINGUIST List 19.1478

Sat May 03 2008

Qs: Non-Permanent Morpheme Deletion in German Dialect

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        1.    Sabine Mayer-Saar, Non-Permanent Morpheme Deletion in German Dialect


Message 1: Non-Permanent Morpheme Deletion in German Dialect
Date: 02-May-2008
From: Sabine Mayer-Saar <s.saarmx.uni-saarland.de>
Subject: Non-Permanent Morpheme Deletion in German Dialect
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I'm working on my dissertation about the morphology of a Westgermanic
dialect and I'm looking for a comparable phenomenon in any other
Westgermanic (or any other) language.

In Saarland German, a dialect spoken near the Luxemburg border, the suffix
signalizing the past participle of strong inflection verb class is
generally deleted.
''geschrieben (Standard German) - geschriew (Saarland German) - written
(BE)''.

But if the past participle is used as adjective, the suffix reappears again.
''geschriebene Nachricht (Standard German) - geschrieweni Nohricht
(Saarland German) - written news (BE)''

I don't know if in other languages and dialects, morphemes can be deleted
and added again to the same word form when used in different contexts. As
far as my knowledge, morpheme deletion deletes morphemes permanently.

If any of you know about such phenomena, please let me know.

Best regards
Sabine Mayer-Saar
Modern Linguistics Department

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

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