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New Insights in Germanic Linguistics I


Irmengard Rauch and Gerald F. Carr

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.
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.