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Continuity is change: the long tail of Jespersen's cycle in Flemish

Anne Breitbarth UGent and Liliane Haegeman UGent (2010) Continuity and Change in Grammar. 159. p.61-76
abstract
All West Germanic languages have completed Jespersen's Cycle, replacing a preverbal negation marker (stage I) with a post-verbal one (stage III) after a period of transition during which the two could co-occur (stage II). Only the Flemish dialects have maintained the old preverbal marker to some extent. The present chapter addresses this apparent historical continuity, establishing that Flemish en was in fact saved from the fate of its West Germanic cognates by a morphosyntactic change. Based on an analysis of the contexts in which preverbal en is found in present-day Flemish dialects, it is argued that en has evolved into a marker of emphasis of polarity, and that contrary to appearances, the Flemish dialects have in fact reached stage III.
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published
subject
keyword
Germanic, Jespersen's cycle, negation, diachronic syntax
in
Continuity and Change in Grammar
editor
Anne Breitbarth, Christopher Lucas, Sheila Watts and David Willis
volume
159
pages
61 - 76
publisher
John Benjamins
place of publication
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
conference name
Conference on Continuity and Change in Grammar
conference location
Cambridge, UK
conference start
2008-03-18
conference end
2008-03-20
Web of Science type
Proceedings Paper
Web of Science id
000304298500004
ISBN
9789027255426
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
P1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
VABB id
c:vabb:300398
VABB type
VABB-4
id
1019966
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1019966
date created
2010-08-09 17:03:12
date last changed
2017-01-02 09:52:39
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  abstract     = {All West Germanic languages have completed Jespersen's Cycle, replacing a preverbal negation marker (stage I) with a post-verbal one (stage III) after a period of transition during which the two could co-occur (stage II). Only the Flemish dialects have maintained the old preverbal marker to some extent. The present chapter addresses this apparent historical continuity, establishing that Flemish en was in fact saved from the fate of its West Germanic cognates by a morphosyntactic change. Based on an analysis of the contexts in which preverbal en is found in present-day Flemish dialects, it is argued that en has evolved into a marker of emphasis of polarity, and that contrary to appearances, the Flemish dialects have in fact reached stage III.},
  author       = {Breitbarth, Anne and Haegeman, Liliane},
  booktitle    = {Continuity and Change in Grammar},
  editor       = {Breitbarth, Anne and Lucas, Christopher and Watts, Sheila and Willis, David},
  isbn         = {9789027255426},
  keyword      = {Germanic,Jespersen's cycle,negation,diachronic syntax},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Cambridge, UK},
  pages        = {61--76},
  publisher    = {John Benjamins},
  title        = {Continuity is change: the long tail of Jespersen's cycle in Flemish},
  volume       = {159},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
Breitbarth, Anne, and Liliane Haegeman. 2010. “Continuity Is Change: The Long Tail of Jespersen’s Cycle in Flemish.” In Continuity and Change in Grammar, ed. Anne Breitbarth, Christopher Lucas, Sheila Watts, and David Willis, 159:61–76. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.
APA
Breitbarth, A., & Haegeman, L. (2010). Continuity is change: the long tail of Jespersen’s cycle in Flemish. In A. Breitbarth, C. Lucas, S. Watts, & D. Willis (Eds.), Continuity and Change in Grammar (Vol. 159, pp. 61–76). Presented at the Conference on Continuity and Change in Grammar, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.
Vancouver
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Breitbarth A, Haegeman L. Continuity is change: the long tail of Jespersen’s cycle in Flemish. In: Breitbarth A, Lucas C, Watts S, Willis D, editors. Continuity and Change in Grammar. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins; 2010. p. 61–76.
MLA
Breitbarth, Anne, and Liliane Haegeman. “Continuity Is Change: The Long Tail of Jespersen’s Cycle in Flemish.” Continuity and Change in Grammar. Ed. Anne Breitbarth et al. Vol. 159. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins, 2010. 61–76. Print.