The papers contained in this issue feature specific phenomena
characteristic of one Germanic language in question and set these phenomena
off against functional or structural equivalents in one or more other
The collection pursues this course in great detail for specific aspects of
the following languages: Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, English, Faeroese,
German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, and Yiddish. To some extent also
regiolects and dialectal phenomena (such as South German, i.e. Austrian,
Bavarian, Swiss German) were incorporated.
There are two large domains which are looked into in great detail:
morphology and its syntactic functions; and syntax proper and its relation
to semantics. Diachronic perspectives are included, but are not the focus
of the contribution.
Table of contents:
JOHN H. MCWHORTER: What happened to English?
HALLDÓR ÁRMANN SIGURÐSSON: Agree and agreement - evidence from Germanic
JÓHANNA BARÐDAL: The semantics of the impersonal construction in Icelandic,
German, and Faroese: beyond thematic roles
CEDRIC BOECKX & KLEANTHES K. GROHMANN: Left dislocation in Germanic
C. JAC CONRADIE: Verb sequence and placement: Afrikaans and Dutch compared
HARTMUT CZEPLUCH: Reflections on the form and function of passives in
English and German
MOLLY DIESING: The upper functional domain in Yiddish
BRIDGET DRINKA: Präteritumschwund: evidence for areal diffusion
WERNER ABRAHAM: The European demise of the simple past and the emergence of
the periphrastic perfect: areal diffusion or natural, autonomous evolution
under parsing facilitation?
LÁSZLÓ MOLNÁRFI: Some remarks on the formal typology of pronouns in West
ROLF THIEROFF: The subjunctive mood in German and in the Germanic languages