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Title: give as a put verb in German – A case of German-Czech language contact?
Author: Alexandra Lenz
Author: Fabian Fleißner
Author: Agnes Kim
Author: Stefan Newerkla
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics; Syntax
Subject Language: Czech
German
Abstract: This contribution focuses on the use of geben ‘give’ as a put verb in Upper German dialects in Austria from a historical and a recent perspective. On the basis of comprehensive historical and contemporary data from German varieties and Slavic languages our analyses provide evidence for the central hypothesis that this phenomenon traces back to language contact with Czech as already suggested by various scholars in the 19th century. This assumption is also supported by the fact that Czech dát ‘give’ in put function has been accounted for since the Old Czech period as well as by its high frequency in both formal and informal Czech written texts. Moreover, our data analyses show that geben ‘give’ as a put verb has been and is still areally distributed along and spreading from the contact area of Czech and Upper German varieties.

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This article appears IN Journal of Linguistic Geography Vol. 8, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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