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A Morphological and Etymological Study of the Germanic Strong Verbs
Message 1: A Morphological and Etymological Study of the Germanic Strong Verbs
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
Language Family(ies): Germanic
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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