A Contrastive Grammar of Brazilian Pomeranian

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Pomeranian is the West Germanic language spoken by European emigrants who went from Farther Pomerania (present-day Poland) to Brazil in the period 1857–1887. This language is no longer spoken in cohesive societies in Europe, but the language has survived and is in remarkably good shape on this language island in the tropical state of Espirito Santo. This monograph offers the first synchronic grammar of this language. After a historical introduction, the book offers a systematic description of its phonology, morphology and syntax. The language is contrasted with its European sisters, more particularly High German, Dutch, and Frisian. It highlights various phenomena that will presumably contribute to the ongoing theoretical debate on the Germanic verbal system. It provides new data on cluster V2, do-support, and the two infinitives. As to the infinitival syntax, the language shows remarkable parallels to the system of Frisian. As to the rich Pomeranian system of subtractive morphology, the phonological account that is offered, will be important for the ongoing discussion of the abstractness of phonological representations. Finally, Pomeranian is a welcome addition to the set of languages on which our etymological understanding of West Germanic is based.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 248]  2019.  xxxi, 312 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
xiii–xviii
List of abbreviations
xix–xxii
Technical terms
xxiii–xxviii
Phonological rules in Pomeranian
xxix–xxx
List of catalectic morphemes in Brazilian and European Pomeranian
xxxi
Chapter 1. Historical introduction
1–30
Chapter 2. Phonology
31–68
Chapter 3. Morphology
69–123
Chapter 4. Syntax
125–187
Chapter 5. Derivational morphology
189–196
Chapter 6. Lexis
197–205
Chapter 7. Texts
207–213
Chapter 8. Comparative linguistics
215–237
Chapter 9. European Pomeranian
239–256
Chapter 10. Historical charters
257–266
Specimen of an early immigration record
267–272
References
273–283
Maps
285–286
Wordlist
287–306
Subject Index
307
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018027243