The fourteen essays in this volume are representative of the 1998 Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable.
New Insights in Germanic Linguistics II displays a fairly equal interest in historical and contemporary language data. It is ever more evident that linguists appeal to diachronic facts when interpreting synchronic data and the reverse. A rich array of cross-linguistic evidence pervades the volume. Every component of the grammar from phonology through semantics and pragmatics is addressed and the methods applied range from laboratory phonetics to optimality theory and sociolinguistics/fieldwork.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2001. 250 pp.
Contents: Dagmar Bittner: The definite articles in German. What are the features creating an underspecified paradigm? – Tjeerd
de Graaf/Rogier Nieuweboer: The language of the Siberian Mennonites – Kurt Gustav Goblirsch: The third obstruent series in
Old Germanic – Eugene Green: Semiotics of compounds in Old English riddles – Yuri Kleiner: Compensatory variation – Anatoly
Liberman: Apocope in Germanic, or an ax(e) to grind – Paul Listen/Ilona Vandergriff: PC aspects of human nouns in German –
Marc Pierce: On the fate of final obstruents in Modern German – Irmengard Rauch: BAG VI - 2: Toward a grammar of German snail-mail
– Irmengard Rauch: Analogy’s hidden triggers – James A. Ritchie: Perceptual cues in the Old High German monophthongization
– Kerstin Schwabe: On shared constituents in German coordinative sentences – Donald Steinmetz: The Great Gender Shift and
the attrition of neuter nouns in West Germanic: The example of German – Yasuko Suzuki: The prosody and syntax of light elements
in West Germanic alliterative verse: With special reference to Beowulf.