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LINGUIST List 19.2989

Thu Oct 02 2008

Books: General Ling/Morphology/Phonology/Syntax: Herslund

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Danish: Herslund

Message 1: Danish: Herslund
Date: 01-Oct-2008
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Danish: Herslund
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Title: Danish
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 382
Published: 2008
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Michael Herslund
Paperback: ISBN: 3895863963 Pages: 128 Price: Europe EURO 49.40

Note: This is the second printing of a previously announced book.

Danish, a Scandinavian (North Germanic) language, is spoken by about 5.5
million people in Denmark and by minorities in Schleswig (Northern
Germany). It is also used as a second language in Greenland and the Faroe
Islands. In its phonology, Danish is like the other Scandinavian languages
a two accent language, the two word tones of Swedish and Norwegian
correspond to presence and absence of a glottal catch (the so called stød).
A rather simple consonantal system is supplemented by an extraordinary rich
array of vowels. The morphology is like that of the other Scandinavian
languages relatively simple: no inflection for case, no inflection for
person in the verb, and only two verb tenses, present and preterite, but
contrary to both English and German there is an inflectional passive.

This morphological simplicity is however compensated for syntactically by
an extended use of prepositions in the transitivity system, and a heavy
reliance on prosody, and especially morpheme and word order, both within
the phrase and within the clause, so that Danish grammarians tend to view
the topology as an independent semiotic level and indeed the basic
organisational principle of Danish syntax. Major focuses will therefore be
on topics such as transitivity and word order.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Danish (dan)

Written In: English (eng )

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