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Chapter 3: Is There an Aspect Distinction in Certain German Strong/Weak Verb Alternations? Evidence from German in the San Francisco Bay Area
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Is There an Aspect Distinction in Certain German Strong/Weak Verb Alternations? Evidence from German in the San Francisco Bay Area*
The question posed in the title to this second BAG Project is answered in the affirmative by data in a set of thirteen German verbs with variable strong and/or weak preterites and/or past participles. Evidence from twenty-seven native German speakers residing in the San Francisco Bay Area indicates a strong verb:perfective aspect correlation and a weak verb:imperfective aspect correlation, corroborating the Project’s working hypothesis, the latter validated by means of a chi-square test. Contrastive data elicited from six informants in Berlin and five informants in Munich are brought into consideration.