Studies in West Frisian Grammar: Selected Papers by Germen J. de Haan

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Jarich Hoekstra, Willem Visser, Goffe Jensma
John Benjamins Publishing, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 384 pages
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In this volume, Germen de Haan gives a multi-faceted view of the syntax, sociolinguistics, and phonology of West-Frisian. The author discusses distinct aspects of the syntax of verbs in Frisian: finiteness and Verb Second, embedded root phenomena, the verbal complex, verbal complementation, and complementizer agreement. Because Frisian has minority language status and is of interest to sociolinguists, the author reviews the linguistic changes in Frisian under the influence of the dominant Dutch language and, more generally, reflects on how to deal with contact-induced change in grammar. Finally, in three phonological articles, the author discusses nasalization in Frisian, the putatively symmetrical vowel inventory of Frisian, and the variation between schwa + sonorant consonants and syllabic sonorant consonants.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Recent trends in Frisian linguistics
11
Why Old Frisian is really Middle Frisian
25
Syntax of Old Frisian
47
Finiteness and verb fronting
63
More is going on upstairs than downstairs
99
The ImperativusproInfinitivo
131
Two infinitives
153
Frisian language changes
251
Recent changes in the verbal complex of Frisian
265
Contactinduced changes in Modern West Frisian
275
On the instability of Frisian
301
Nasalization and lengthening
317
Monophthongs and syllable structure
331
A lexical theory of schwadeletion
341
References
1973

The verbal complex
165
The third construction
199
Complementizer agreement
215
Grammatical borrowing and language change
233

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