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Folia Linguistica

Acta Societatis Linguisticae Europaeae

Editor-in-Chief: Fischer, Olga / Norde, Muriel

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Volume 35, Issue 1


Relative productivity potentials of Dutch verbal inflection patterns

Remco Knooihuizen / Oscar Strik
Published Online: 2014-10-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/flih.2014.005


Diachronic change regarding the Germanic verb shows a tendency away from strong and towards weak inflection, although the change is not unidirectional. Three production and acceptability experiments on nonce and existing verbs in Dutch unveil a clear hierarchy in potential productivity of inflection patterns. Weak inflection has the highest potential productivity; within strong inflection, Classes I, II and III outrank the others. Speakers also regularly employ a productoriented schema based on the vowels /o/ and /ɔ/, as well as, although to a lesser extent, on /i/ and /ɪ/. We relate these findings to synchronic factors and to diachronic change.

Keywords: analogy; Dutch; morphology; productivity; verbal inflection

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Published Online: 2014-10-22

Published in Print: 2014-10-01

Citation Information: Folia Linguistica, Volume 35, Issue 1, Pages 173–200, ISSN (Online) 1614-7308, ISSN (Print) 0165-4004, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/flih.2014.005.

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