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Thu Dec 05 2013

Books: The Genitive Case in Dutch and German: Scott

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Date: 05-Dec-2013
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Subject: The Genitive Case in Dutch and German: Scott
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Title: The Genitive Case in Dutch and German Subtitle: A Study of Morphosyntactic Change in Codified Languages Series Title: Brill's Studies in Historical Linguistics Published: 2013 Publisher: Brill

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Author: Alan K. Scott Hardback: ISBN: 9789004181441 Pages: 396 Price: Europe EURO 114
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004181441 Pages: 396 Price: U.S. $ 148

In The Genitive Case in Dutch and German: A Study of Morphosyntactic Change in Codified Languages, Alan K. Scott offers an account of the tension that exists between morphosyntactic change and codification, focusing on the effect that codification has had on the genitive case and alternative constructions in both languages. On the basis of usage data from a wide variety of registers, from the 16th century to the present day, Alan K. Scott demonstrates that codification has preserved obsolescent morphological genitive constructions in Dutch and German while suppressing their potential replacements, and shows that, despite its association with norm-conformant language, the genitive is used to a surprisingly large extent in informal early modern Dutch and modern German sources.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics                             Syntax
Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)                             German (deu)
Written In: English (eng)

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