Non-Canonical Subject Marking in Germanic Vernaculars

01 January 2016 → 31 July 2021
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Language studies
    • Linguistics
    • Literary studies
    • Theory and methodology of linguistics
    • Other languages and literary studies
non-canonically case-marked subjects constructional semantics Germanic vernaculars computational methods historical-comparative linguistics 16th Century 17th Century 18th Century 19th Century 20th Century Contemporary Middle Ages Dutch Comparative Quantitative Language and text analysis Belgium Central Europe Western Europe Linguistics
Project description

This project aims to investigate the development of non-canonical case marking of subjects/subject-likes, throughout the history of the Germanic languages, contributing data from Germanic vernaculars. Lexical semantic verb classes will be compared, using computational phylogenetic methods, to reveal fluctuations in the construction’s historical productivity, hence providing basis for computational modeling of the prehistory of noncanonically case-marked subjects in Proto-Germanic.