Fourteen papers representative of the 1996 Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable reflect the current resurgence of interest in phonological research. Interest in diachronic studies remains strong; historical research seems to be the locus for phonological studies, while syntax is pursued mainly with contemporary data. The Germanic dialects are well represented, with rich cross-linguistic evidence from non-Germanic languages. A broad array of current linguistic theories and paradigms, including the Minimalist Program, Semantic Typology, feature geometry, laboratory phonetics, and linguistic fieldwork pervade the collection.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Wien, 1999. VI, 260 pp.
Contents: John Ole Askedal: Non-extraposed adjective-governed infinitives in German - Charles M. Barrack: On the trail of
phantom *glitmuneis - Lee Forester: On the pragmatics of umlaut in Early New High German - Kurt Gustav Goblirsch: The
cause of gemination in West Germanic - Eugene Green: Presuppositions and semiotic patterns in Anglo-Saxon royal codes - Joshua
S. Guenter: If Germanic stops inherited a voicing contrast, why is what we find today an aspiration contrast? - Paul Listen:
The emergence of polite Sie in Early New High German - Erik Macki: Towards a diachronic syntax - Enrique Mallén: Nominal
genitive arguments and adjective placement in German - Irmengard Rauch: BAG VI: Toward a grammar of German e-mail - Irmengard
Rauch: Feature spreading in Old High German and Old Saxon: Umlaut, monophthongization, pragmatics - James A. Ritchie: R
Myth-athesis: A perception based approach at understanding some r-related sound changes - Hermann Scheuringer: German
word history and German political history: The case of «Januar» and «Jänner» - Sang Hwan Seong: Semantic transparency and
its implications: With special reference to German and Korean as SOV type.