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Academic Paper

Title: A corpus-based quantitative analysis of twelve centuries of preterite and past participle morphology in Dutch
Author: Isabeau Smet
Author: Freek Velde
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Morphology
Subject Language: Dutch
Abstract: Germanic preterite morphology has been the subject of a bewildering number of studies, looking especially at the competition between the so-called strong inflection (operating with ablaut), and the so-called weak inflection (operating with suffixation). In this study over 250,000 observations from twelve centuries of Dutch were analyzed in a generalized linear mixed-effect model gauging the effects of a multitude of language-internal factors, ranging from various frequency measures to various form-related factors and how they interact with each other. This study confirms the well-known effects of token and type frequency, finding that formal similarities can be both a driving and conservative force in language change and demonstrates that not all members (i.e., preterites and past participles) of a verb paradigm change at the same time, which is both an effect of their frequency and their formal coherence within the paradigm.


This article appears IN Language Variation and Change Vol. 32, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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