Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2013

Abstract

Until recently, the West Central German dialect area was largely neglected in investigations of verb clusters. The article presents the results of a questionnaire study of two-verb clusters involving 55 participants in 17 localities in that dialect area. These results indicate that the occurrence of particular orders is subject to interspeaker, intraspeaker, and areal variation as well as morphosyntactic constraints. Furthermore, a comparison of these results with those from a corpus study of the same dialect area suggests diachronic stability in the relative areal distribution of verb clusters over the roughly 50 years since the spoken data for the corpus were collected. Finally, results for the Hessian region of West Central German point toward this area as a particularly promising locus of further research.

Publication Title

Folia Linguistica

Volume

47

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

33

Required Publisher's Statement

Copyright 2013 Walter De Gruyter. The original published version of this article may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/flin.2013.002.

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