Syntactic Language Change in a German Dialect: Replacement or Reanalysis of a Construction?

Klaus Geyer 1
  • 1 Vilniaus pedagoginis universitetas, Vokiečių filologijos ir didaktikos katedra, Studentų 39, 08106 Vilnius, Lithuania.


This article discusses a type of prepositional construction that is highly characteristic for a group of East Franconian dialects, located in the south-eastern part of Germany. The construction expresses local relations and contrasts with the standard German construction as well as with the regional standard of this area. Based on spontaneous spoken dialect material, the article reveals an ongoing process of change: among young adults today not only the standard variant but also occasional hybrid formations are used as replacements for the original, the latter functioning as membership-markers to this dialectal community.

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