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LINGUIST List 17.2986

Thu Oct 12 2006

Diss: Historical Ling: Mailhammer: 'A Morphological and Etymologica...'

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        1.    Robert Mailhammer, A Morphological and Etymological Study of the Germanic Strong Verbs

Message 1: A Morphological and Etymological Study of the Germanic Strong Verbs
Date: 12-Oct-2006
From: Robert Mailhammer <Robert.Mailhammerweb.de>
Subject: A Morphological and Etymological Study of the Germanic Strong Verbs

Institution: University of Munich
Program: International Doctoral Program in Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2005

Author: Robert Mailhammer

Dissertation Title: A Morphological and Etymological Study of the Germanic Strong Verbs

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Germanic

Dissertation Director:
Elisabeth Leiss
Theo Vennemann

Dissertation Abstract:

This study examines the morphology of the Germanic strong verbs from
diachronic, comparative and typological points of view and provides a
quantitative analysis of their etymological situation as a contribution to
the ongoing discussion of the origin of the Germanic language. It is shown
how the system of the strong verbs underwent a process of extreme
uniformisation and simplification, which is directly connected to the
systematisation and functionalisation of ablaut. In particular, the use of
ablaut stands in a typological contrast to the poistion of ablaut in the
verb system of the Indo-European parent language.

Apart from the morphological investigation, the quantification of the
etymological situation of the Germanic strong verbs, which has been carried
out for the first time, reveals that the etymological relations of the
Germanic strong verbs to the Indo-European language family are much more
obscure than hitherto assumed, as opposed to Sanskrit and Ancient Greek,
for which a comparative analysis yields that they possess significantly
more primary verbs of ascertained Indo-European origin.

The results of this study thus has telling implications for the genesis of
the Germanic strong verbs and may also provide a basis for further research
in this area.

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