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Title: Focus on Germanic Typology
Edited By: Werner Abraham
Series Title: Studia typologica 6
Description:

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
Germanic languages.

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
Germanic

ROLF THIEROFF: The subjunctive mood in German and in the Germanic languages

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Akademie Verlag GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Semantics
Syntax
Typology
Subject Language(s): Afrikaans
Danish
Dutch
English
Faroese
German
Icelandic
Norwegian Nynorsk
Norwegian Bokmål
Swedish
Yiddish, Eastern
Yiddish, Western
Language Family(ies): Germanic
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3050041064
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 360
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