Clause Structure and Word Order in the History of German

ISBN : 9780198813545

Agnes Jager; Gisella Ferraresi; Helmut Weis
432 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Mar 2018
Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics
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This volume presents the first comprehensive generative account of the historical syntax of German. Leading scholars in the field survey a range of topics and offer new insights into central aspects of clause structure and word order, outlining the different stages of their historical development. Each chapter combines a solid empirical basis with descriptive generalizations, supported by a detailed discussion of theoretical analyses couched in the generative framework. Reference is also made throughout to the more traditional descriptive model of the German clause. The book will be a valuable resource for researchers and students in historical syntax and the Germanic languages, and for both descriptive and theoretical linguists alike.


1 Agnes Jager, Gisella Ferraresi, and Helmut Weiss: Introduction; PART I: The Left Periphery; 2 Svetlana Petrova: Introduction to Part I; 3 Katrin Axel-Tober: Origins of verb-second in Old High German; 4 Svetlana Petrova: Verb-initial declaratives in Old High German and in later German; 5 Augustin Speyer and Helmut Weiss: The prefield after the Old High German period; 6 Gisella Ferraresi: Adverbial connectives; PART II: The Middle Field; 7 Gisella Ferraresi and Agnes Jager: Introduction to Part II; 8 Helmut Weiss: The Wackernagel complex and pronoun raising; 9 Augustin Speyer: Serialization of full noun phrases in the history of German; 10 Anne Breitbarth and Agnes Jager: History of negation in High and Low German; Part III: The Right Periphery; 11 Eric Fuss: Introduction to Part III; 12 Eric Fuss: The OV-VO alternation in Early German: Diagnostics for basic word order; 13 Svetlana Petrova and Helmut Weiss: OV vs VO in Old High German: The case of thaz-clauses; 14 Roland Hinterholzl and Svetlana Petrova: Prosodic and information-structural factors in word order variation; 15 Augustin Speyer: Periphrastic verb forms; 16 Agnes Jager: On the history of the IPP construction in German; 17 Augustin Speyer: The ACI construction in the history of German

About the author: 

Agnes Jager is Professor of Historical German Linguistics at the University of Cologne. She received her Ph.D in German linguistics from the University of Jena in 2007 and subsequently worked as a research assistant at the University of Frankfurt. Her research interests include diachronic syntax and its interfaces with semantics and morphology, as well as theories of language change. She has published several articles and a monograph on the history of negation in German and co-edited a volume on language change at the syntax-semantics interface. Her current research focuses on the historical development and dialectal variation of comparison constructions.; Gisella Ferraresi is Professor of German Linguistics and German as a Foreign Language at the University of Bamberg. After receiving her Ph.D in 1997 from the University of Stuttgart, she held positions at the Universities of Hamburg, Hannover, and Frankfurt am Main. She has (co-)edited several volumes on language change and language contact and is the author of three monographs and many articles on language change, grammaticalization, Gothic syntax, language contact, and second language acquisition. Her current research explores topics such as connectives, particles and clause structure, and aspectuality from a diachronic and acquisitional perspective.; Helmut Weiss is Full Professor of Historical German Linguistics at the University of Frankfurt. He is one of the leading experts in the syntax of German dialects, and is co-editor, with Jurg Fleischer and Alexandra Lenz, of The Syntactic Atlas of Hessian Dialects and, with Gunther Grewendorf, of Bavarian Syntax (Benjamins 2014). He is the author of Syntax des Bairischen (Niemeyer 1998) and of multiple journal articles and book chapters on subjects including complementizer agreement, negative concord, possessive constructions, and pronominal syntax.

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