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Name: Christopher  D Sapp
Institution: University of Mississippi
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Homepage: http://home.olemiss.edu/~csapp
State and/or Country: MS
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Specialty: Diachronic morphology and syntax
Language Family(ies): Germanic
Selected Publications: 2011. The Verbal Complex in Subordinate Clauses from Medieval to Modern German. Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 173. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

To appear (2011). “Auxiliary selection in the Early New High German perfect tenses.” Groninger Arbeiten zur germanistischen Linguistik.

2010. “The Reflexive Possessive sîn in Old Saxon.” Beiträge zur Geschichte der Deutschen Sprache und Literatur 132.3: 329-342.

2009. “Syncope as the Cause of Präteritumschwund: New data from an Early New High German corpus.” Journal of Germanic Linguistics 21.4: 419–450.

2007. “Focus and verb order in Early New High German: Historical and contemporary evidence”. In Roots: Linguistics in search of its evidential base, 299-318.

2006. “The Rise of the Suffixal Article in the Early North Germanic DP”. Co-authored with Dorian Roehrs. In Proceedings of the Western Conference on Linguistics 2004, 290-301.

2005. “Factors Favoring Aux-V Order in 15th-century German Subordinate Clauses”. In Syntax and Beyond: Indiana University Working Papers in Syntax, vol. 5, 149-169.

2000. “Dating Ynglingatal: Chronological Metrical Developments in Kviðuháttr”. Skandinavistik 30: 85-98.
Announced on LINGUIST :  The Verbal Complex in Subordinate Clauses from Medieval to Modern German
Courses Taught: In Linguistics:

Introduction to Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Structure of Old Icelandic

In German:

Intro. to German Linguistics
History of the German Language
German Phonetics and Phonology
Advanced German Grammar
German language skills courses at various levels
Dissertation Abstract: Verb Order in Subordinate Clauses from Early New High German to Modern German
Reviewer of: Thinking German Translation (LL Issue 18.478)
The Grammar of Identity (LL Issue 18.1331)
Academic Paper Abstract: Syncope as the Cause of Präteritumschwund: New Data from an Early New High German Corpus

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