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Quantity in Old Norse and modern peninsular North Germanic

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dc.contributor.author Kristoffersen, Gjert
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-23T15:14:52Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-23T15:14:52Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02-08
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 14(1): 47-80 en
dc.identifier.issn 1383-4924
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10828-010-9041-9
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1956/5228
dc.description.abstract This article discusses the transition from a system with contrastive, segmental quantity in Old Norse into the present day system characterizing most Norwegian and Swedish dialects, where stressed syllables are obligatorily bimoraic. Starting with variation within East Norwegian, two intermediate varieties between Old Norse and the modern system are identified, and the four varieties are then related to each other by means of constraint reranking within an Optimality Theory analysis. A full factorial typology based on the four constraints involved is then developed. This renders four possible intermediate stages between Old Norse and the modern system, of which two are attested in East Norwegian. When the scope subsequently is widened to all varieties of Norwegian and Swedish, it is shown that all the intermediate varieties predicted by the analysis are attested. More importantly, no other varieties than those predicted seem to exist, even if such varieties can be construed. This suggests that the grammar developed to account for the changes not only is empirically adequate, but also has explanatory value. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.rights ©The Author(s) 2011 en
dc.rights.uri http://www.springer.com/open+access/open+choice?SGWID=0-40359-0-0-0 en
dc.subject North Germanic en
dc.subject Language change en
dc.title Quantity in Old Norse and modern peninsular North Germanic en
dc.type Peer reviewed en
dc.type Journal article en
dc.subject.nsi VDP::Humanities: 000::Linguistics: 010 en
dc.type.version publishedVersion en


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