Definite Articles in Low Saxon Dialects

A Case Study in Grammaticalization

Definite Articles in Low Saxon Dialects

A Case Study in Grammaticalization

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A prominent characteristic of Low Saxon dialects spoken along the coast of the North Sea, in particular in the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Drenthe, is the absence of definite articles. Despite being quite exceptional for the typology of western European varieties, there have been remarkably few empirical and theoretical contributions. Jeffrey Pheiff attempts to close this research gap through an examination of a large corpus of historical questionnaires studies. The study covers geographic, historical, and functional aspects of this phenomenon, attempting to sketch out a novel hypothesis regarding the grammaticalization of definite articles in Low Saxon dialects.

Volume 191
ISBN 978-3-515-13393-7
Media type Book - Hardcover
Edition number 1.
Copyright year 2023
Publisher Franz Steiner Verlag
Length 245 pages
Illustrations 45 b/w figs., 69 b/w tables, 3 b/w maps, 9 col. maps
Size 17.0 x 24.0 cm
Language English