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A corpus-based analysis of V2 variation in West Flemish and French Flemish dialects

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This paper explores V2 variation in West Flemish and French Flemish dialects of Dutch based on an extensive corpus of authentic spoken data by NORM speakers. After taking stock of the existing literature, we will probe into the effect of region, prosodic integration, form and function of the topicalised constituent, form of the subject and the number of constituents in the prefield on inverted and non-inverted patterns. As such, this study is the first to carry out regression analysis on the combined impact of these variables in the entire West Flemish and French Flemish region, with additional visualisation of effect sizes and interaction through conditional inference trees and random forest statistics. The results show that the phenomenon itself is more widespread than originally anticipated, though higher concentrations are attested in French Flemish, continental West Flemish and western West Flemish. With the exception of ‘number of constituents in the prefield’, all other variables had a significant impact on word order with region and form of the topicalised constituents as the strongest factors. The impact of prosodic integration and form of the subject varies across the different regions.

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Lybaert, Chloé, Bernard De Clerck, Jorien Saelens, and Ludovic De Cuypere. 2019. “A Corpus-based Analysis of V2 Variation in West Flemish and French Flemish Dialects.” Journal of Germanic Linguistics 31 (1): 43–100.
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Lybaert, C., De Clerck, B., Saelens, J., & De Cuypere, L. (2019). A corpus-based analysis of V2 variation in West Flemish and French Flemish dialects. JOURNAL OF GERMANIC LINGUISTICS, 31(1), 43–100.
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Lybaert C, De Clerck B, Saelens J, De Cuypere L. A corpus-based analysis of V2 variation in West Flemish and French Flemish dialects. JOURNAL OF GERMANIC LINGUISTICS. 2019;31(1):43–100.
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Lybaert, Chloé et al. “A Corpus-based Analysis of V2 Variation in West Flemish and French Flemish Dialects.” JOURNAL OF GERMANIC LINGUISTICS 31.1 (2019): 43–100. Print.
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  abstract     = {This paper explores V2 variation in West Flemish and French Flemish dialects of Dutch based on an extensive corpus of authentic spoken data by NORM speakers. After taking stock of the existing literature, we will probe into the effect of region, prosodic integration, form and function of the topicalised constituent, form of the subject and the number of constituents in the prefield on inverted and non-inverted patterns. As such, this study is the first to carry out regression analysis on the combined impact of these variables in the entire West Flemish and French Flemish region, with additional visualisation of effect sizes and interaction through conditional inference trees and random forest statistics. The results show that the phenomenon itself is more widespread than originally anticipated, though higher concentrations are attested in French Flemish, continental West Flemish and western West Flemish. With the exception of {\textquoteleft}number of constituents in the prefield{\textquoteright}, all other variables had a significant impact on word order with region and form of the topicalised constituents as the strongest factors. The impact of prosodic integration and form of the subject varies across the different regions.},
  author       = {Lybaert, Chlo{\'e} and De Clerck, Bernard and Saelens, Jorien and De Cuypere, Ludovic},
  issn         = {1470-5427},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF GERMANIC LINGUISTICS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {43--100},
  title        = {A corpus-based analysis of V2 variation in West Flemish and French Flemish dialects},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1470542718000028},
  volume       = {31},
  year         = {2019},
}

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