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The nanosyntax of the Northwest Germanic reinforced demonstrative

Eric Lander (UGent)
(2015)
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(UGent) and Michal Starke
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BOF 01D30311
Abstract
​The reinforced demonstrative pronoun (RDem) 'this' is a morphological innovation common to the North and West Germanic languages. Though RDem is a defining characteristic of the Northwest branch of Germanic, there is no detailed treatment of its internal structure in the literature. In this dissertation I perform a fine-grained morphological decomposition of RDem in Old Norse, Runic Norse, Old English, Old Frisian, Old Saxon, and Old High German. First I identify the individual morphological ingredients making up RDem in each language. Next the different orders in which these ingredients can combine are identified. Making use first of the U20 framework (Cinque 2005) and then the theory of nanosyntax, I show that all of the various morphological structures observed (both intra- and interparadigmatically) can be derived from a single universal functional sequence of grammatical features, altered in constrained ways by movement operations, which are influenced by the way these features are lexically packaged. In sum, the nanosyntactic approach allows us to account for the crosslinguistic variation and similarities in the Northwest Germanic RDem in a precise and restrictive way.​
Keywords
Germanic, generative grammar, morphology, nanosyntax, U20, demonstrative pronoun, crosslinguistic variation

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Lander, Eric. “The Nanosyntax of the Northwest Germanic Reinforced Demonstrative.” 2015 : n. pag. Print.
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Lander, E. (2015). The nanosyntax of the Northwest Germanic reinforced demonstrative. Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent, Belgium.
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Lander, Eric. 2015. “The Nanosyntax of the Northwest Germanic Reinforced Demonstrative”. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy.
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Lander, Eric. 2015. “The Nanosyntax of the Northwest Germanic Reinforced Demonstrative”. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy.
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Lander E. The nanosyntax of the Northwest Germanic reinforced demonstrative. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy; 2015.
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E. Lander, “The nanosyntax of the Northwest Germanic reinforced demonstrative,” Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent, Belgium, 2015.
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  abstract     = {​The reinforced demonstrative pronoun (RDem) 'this' is a morphological innovation common to the North and West Germanic languages. Though RDem is a defining characteristic of the Northwest branch of Germanic, there is no detailed treatment of its internal structure in the literature. In this dissertation I perform a fine-grained morphological decomposition of RDem in Old Norse, Runic Norse, Old English, Old Frisian, Old Saxon, and Old High German. 
First I identify the individual morphological ingredients making up RDem in each language. Next the different orders in which these ingredients can combine are identified. Making use first of the U20 framework (Cinque 2005) and then the theory of nanosyntax, I show that all of the various morphological structures observed (both intra- and interparadigmatically) can be derived from a single universal functional sequence of grammatical features, altered in constrained ways by movement operations, which are influenced by the way these features are lexically packaged.
In sum, the nanosyntactic approach allows us to account for the crosslinguistic variation and similarities in the Northwest Germanic RDem in a precise and restrictive way.​},
  author       = {Lander, Eric},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {XIII, 388},
  publisher    = {Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy},
  school       = {Ghent University},
  title        = {The nanosyntax of the Northwest Germanic reinforced demonstrative},
  year         = {2015},
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