Language Change and Language Structure: Older Germanic Languages in a Comparative Perspective

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Walter de Gruyter, Jan 1, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 346 pages
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A dozen articles from a symposium in Tromso, Norway, June 1991, look at Old English, Old Norse, and other elder Germanic tongues from comparative or historical perspectives, including runology. The topics include the development of runic script and its relationship to Germanic phonological history, the now phrase, comparatives, Latin-type accusatives and infinitives, verb-second syntax, and dating the break between High and Low German. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

The development of the runic script and its relationship to Germanic
1
Some typological tendencies in the development of the noun phrase
27
On comparatives in English and other languages
51
Sentences with initial adverbials in the law of Magnus Lagaboter
75
The fortunes of the Latintype accusative and infinitive construction
91
Typological differences between English and German morphology
135
The distribution of subject properties and the acquisition of sub
159
Ingerid Dals views on Old Saxon in the light of new evidence
195
Kuhns laws and rise of verbsecond syntax
213
A note on Old English and Old Norse initial adverbials and word
233
A summary
271
On the subject of some nominativeless sentences in Old Germanic
305
Subject Index
345
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