|Title:||'Another Frisianism in Coastal Dutch: Traam, Treem, Triem ‘Crossbeam’'|
|Institution:||'Leiden University Centre for Linguistics'|
|Linguistic Field:||'Historical Linguistics'|
' Frisian, Eastern'
' Frisian, Northern'
' Frisian, Western'
|Abstract:||The dialect geography and etymology of Dutch, Frisian, and German trVm(e) ‘crossbeam’ suggest that western Dutch triem continues West Germanic ‑ǣ-, which underwent vowel raising to /i./ as in Frisian. Thus, Dutch traam beside triem belongs to an established group of Standard Dutch words showing /a./ next to /i./ from West Germanic ‑ǣ-, such as schraal vs. schriel. It is argued that the survival of words in /i./ in the coastal dialects of Dutch fits into recent theories that Standard Dutch is the result of language contact between medieval Frisian and Franconian.|
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