Chapter published in:Morphological Variation: Theoretical and empirical perspectives
Edited by Antje Dammel and Oliver Schallert
[Studies in Language Companion Series 207] 2019
► pp. 63–94
Analyzing language change through a formalist framework
This article serves as a case study on using formal morphological models to analyze systematic language change processes in inflectional morphology. By drawing on data from four Germanic varieties at two points in time (Old Swedish, Övdalian, Old High German and Visperterminen Alemannic) and applying the concepts of paradigm linkage theory to them, we are able to exemplarily monitor and model changes concerning case syncretism in nominal inflection in a way that is more differentiated than previous analyses. Thus, while the pure empirical results on Germanic morphology already are revealing by themselves, we also provide both a diachronic extension to formal morphology as well as finer granularity and appropriateness of description to historical linguistics as a whole.
Published online: 27 June 2019
Allen, Cynthia L.
Baechler, Raffaela & Pröll, Simon
To appear. Loss and preservation of case in Germanic non-standard varieties. To appear in Glossa .
Dahl, Östen & Koptjevskaja-Tamm, Maria
Eyþórsson, Þórhallur, Johannessen, Janne Bondi, Laake, Signe & Åfarli, Tor A.
Pröll, Simon & Kleiner, Stefan
2015 The morphological expression of case in Övdalian. In Studies in Övdalian Morphology and Syntax: New Research on a Lesser-known Scandinavian Language [Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 221], Kristine Bentzen, Henrik Rosenkvist, & Janne Bondi Johannessen (eds), 177–230. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.