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Grammaticalization in the North: Noun phrase morphosyntax in Scandinavian vernaculars

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Book Series: Studies in Diversity Linguistics ISBN: 9783944675558 Year: Pages: 296 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_559871 Language: English
Publisher: Language Science Press
Subject: Linguistics
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This book looks at some phenomena within the grammar of the noun phrase in a group of traditional North Germanic varieties mainly spoken in Sweden and Finland, usually seen as Swedish dialects, although the differences between them and Standard Swedish are often larger than between the latter and the other standard Mainland Scandinavian languages. In addition to being conservative in many respects – e.g. in preserving nominal cases and subject-verb agreement – these varieties also display many innovative features. These include extended uses of definite articles, incorporation of attributive adjectives, and a variety of possessive constructions. Although considerable attention has been given to these phenomena in earlier literature, this book is the first to put them in the perspective of typology and grammaticalization processes. It also looks for a plausible account of the historical origin of the changes involved, arguing that many of them spread from central Sweden, where they were later reverted due to the influence from prestige varieties coming from southern Scandinavia.

Karl Kraus und Peter Altenberg

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ISBN: 9783862530595 Year: Pages: 236 DOI: 10.26530/oapen_574830 Language: German
Publisher: Konstanz University Press Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 230
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The book explores the modern attitudes that are articulated in the texts "Third Walpurgis Night" (1933) by Karl Kraus and "Prodromos" (1905) by Peter Altenberg. Following Foucault's discourse analytical approach and his concept of self practice, it asks with what types of subject and truth the two literary works break open the structures of enunciation in which they are historically embedded. The result is not a biographical or philological comparison, but a report on the experience of a performative reading that makes an archaeological section of the writings and reconstructs their genealogical line.

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