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Academic Paper

Title: Between Pre-German and Pre-English: The Origin of Dutch
Author: Anthony Buccini
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This paper examines the socio-historical context in which Dutch arose as a result of contact between Frankish and Ingvæonic speakers in the seventh and eighth centuries. I first consider some persistent pitfalls in socio-historical linguistics with regard to better-known instances of language contact in medieval Europe. I review the reflexes of umlaut in Dutch and propose a solution for this long-standing problem in terms of language contact. Finally, the linguistic analysis is placed in a social and historical context, with special attention to the role of slavery in creating the context for the linguistic developments that took place.


This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 22, Issue 4.

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