Project

Continuity or change? The post-cyclic development of preverbal negation in Continental West Germanic

Duration
01 January 2015 → 30 September 2020
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Italian language
    • Corpus linguistics
    • Diachronic linguistics
    • Dialectology
    • Historical linguistics
    • Phonetics and phonology
    • Syntax
Keywords
Jespersen's cyclus negation West Germanic exceptive clauses syntax syntactic change
 
Project description

The proposed doctoral research project traces and accounts for instances of ‘post-cyclic’ stage I of Jespersen’s Cycle in the Continental West Germanic languages (single preverbal negation in languages which have otherwise already developed bipartite or single postverbal negation). This way, the project makes an important contribution to the only incipient research on linguistic continuity, i.e., the absence of expected language.