The Germanic Dental Preterite - A Morphological and Semantic Examination

Phoenix, Elizabeth (2023) The Germanic Dental Preterite - A Morphological and Semantic Examination. MRes thesis, University of Nottingham.

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The weak dental preterite is one of the defining features of the Germanic verbal system and is an innovation of the Germanic branch of Proto-Indo-European. This paper aims to examine the likelihood of a Proto-Indo-European construction as the origin of the dental preterite and if any of the relationship between morphology and semantics found in Proto-Indo-European was inherited into the old Germanic languages. This paper follows the periphrastic construction theory and while the reason the imperfective *dhe was utilised remains unclear, this paper will show that as the Germanic languages developed they reached a point where the relationship between form and function became opaque. The weak dental preterite’s function was broadened to be used as a safeguard against further verb system change resulting in the Proto-Indo-European deverbal and denominative verbs no longer being the only weak verbs.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (MRes)
Supervisors: Findell, M
Baker, J
Keywords: dental preteries, weak verbs, strong verbs, Germanic languages
Subjects: P Language and literature > PD Germanic languages
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of English
Item ID: 73689
Depositing User: Phoenix, Elizabeth
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2023 10:05
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2023 10:05

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