The Syntax of Dutch

The Syntax of Dutch

by Jan-Wouter Zwart


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Dutch is a West-Germanic language closely related to English and German, but its special properties have long aroused interest and debate among students of syntax. This is an informative guide to the syntax of Dutch, offering an extensive survey of both the phenomena of Dutch syntax and their theoretical analyses over the years. In particular the book discusses those aspects of Dutch syntax that have played an important role in the development of syntactic theory in recent decades. Presupposing only a basic knowledge of syntax and complete with an extensive bibliography, this survey will be an important tool for students and linguists of all theoretical persuasions, and for anyone working in Germanic linguistics, linguistic typology and linguistic theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107682337
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/17/2014
Series: Cambridge Syntax Guides
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 418
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Jan-Wouter Zwart is Professor of Theoretical Linguistics at the University of Groningen. He studied Latin and Ancient Greek at the University of Nijmegen and linguistics at Groningen, where he defended his award-winning dissertation 'Dutch Syntax: A Minimalist Approach' in 1993. Professor Zwart was a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and a visiting professor at the University of Geneva in 2002. His research and teaching centres around theoretical syntax, including also linguistic typology, historical linguistics, dialectology and Germanic linguistics. He is the author of Morphosyntax of Verb Movement (1996) and the editor of Groninger Arbeiten zur Germanistischen Linguistik.

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: 1. Dutch: the language, its history, its dialects; 2. Basic morphosyntax; 3. Perspectives on Dutch syntax; Part II. Description: 4. Clause structure; 5. Nominal and prepositional phrases; 6. Complex sentences; 7. Dependencies; Part III. Theory: 8. The structural realization of lexical semantics; 9. Dutch as an OV/VO language; 10. Verb second; 11. Verb clusters; 12. Nominal and prepositional phrases; 13. Binding and control.

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