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Title: Incongruent pronominal case in the Swedish dialect of Västra Nyland (Finland)
Author: Henrik Jørgensen
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Homepage: http://pure.au.dk/portal/da/norhj@hum.au.dk
Institution: Aarhus University, Denmark
Linguistic Field: Morphology; Syntax
Abstract: This paper reports on field work conducted during 1994 in Västra Nyland (Finland) in order to obtain independent and current documentation of the incongruent case forms in the dialect, as reported by Lundström (1939). The data collected substantiated the existence of incongruent case forms in the dialect, but the actual use of such forms could not be traced any longer. Due to this, several details in the actual use of certain incongruency types could not be clarified. The loss of case incongruency in this dialect area raises the question of how a vernacular can change such a grammatical feature. According to Emonds (1986), such losses cannot be remedied, but this is exactly the case here. The changing status of a modern Scandinavian dialect seems to be the only way to explain this change.

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This article appears IN Nordic Journal of Linguistics Vol. 35, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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