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Title: Comparative Studies in Germanic Syntax
Subtitle: From Afrikaans to Zurich German
Edited By: Jutta M . Hartmann
László Molnárfi
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2097
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 97

This selection of papers presented at the 20th Comparative Germanic Syntax
Workshop brings together contributions that address issues in syntactic
predication and studies in the nominal system, as well as papers on data
from the history of English and German. Showing a strong comparative
commitment, the contributions include studies on previously neglected data
on case and predicative structures in Icelandic and other Germanic
languages, on the (non-)syntactic distinction of predicative vs. argument
NP/DPs, on quirky V2 in Afrikaans, the pronominal system, resumptive
pronouns with relative clauses in Zurich German, as well as historical
papers on word-formation processes, on auxiliary selection in relation to
counter factuality, and on the development of VO-OV orders in the history
of English. This volume presents a wide range of studies that enrich both
the theoretical understanding and the empirical foundation of comparative
research on the Germanic languages.

Table of contents

From Afrikaans to Zurich German: Comparative Studies in Germanic Syntax
Jutta M. Hartmann and László Molnárfi 1–9
Part I — Studies on predication 11
The Nom/Acc alternation in Germanic
Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson 13–50
Shape conservation, Holmberg’s generalization and predication
Olaf Koeneman 51–87
Quirky verb-second in Afrikaans: Complex predicates and head movement
Mark de Vos 89–114
Nominal arguments and nominal predicates
Marit Julien 115–140
Part II — Studies on the (pro)nominal system 141
Pronominal noun phrases, number specifications, and null nouns
Dorian Roehrs 143–180
Toward a syntactic theory of number neutralisation: The Dutch pronouns je
'you' and ze 'them'.
Gertjan Postma 181–200
Long relativization in Zurich German as resumptive prolepsis
Martin Salzmann 201–234
Part III — Historical studies 235
Auxiliary selection and counterfactuality in the history of English and
Thomas McFadden and Artemis Alexiadou 237–262
Loss of residual "head final" orders and remnant fronting in Late Middle
English: Causes and consequences
M. Theresa Biberauer and Ian Roberts 263–297
Syntactic sources of word-formation processes: Evidence from Old English
and Old High German
Carola Trips 299–328
Index 329–331

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Germanic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027233616
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 332
Prices: Europe EURO 125.00
U.S. $ 169