Continental West-Germanic Languages

Jan-Wouter Zwart

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195136517
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Continental West-Germanic Languages

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This article examines the syntactic patterns of Continental West-Germanic languages. It explains that Continental West-Germanic dialects display largely identical syntax, characterized by an asymmetry between main and embedded clauses with respect to the position of the finite verb, and by the clause-final position of clusters of nonfinite verbs. The article discusses the word classes, alternations, and grammatical functions in Continental West-Germanic languages.

Keywords: syntactic patterns; West-Germanic languages; embedded clauses; finite verb; nonfinite verbs; word classes; alternations; grammatical functions

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Language Families

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