Preposition stranding in German dialects

Jürg Fleischer

Universität Zürich, Switzerland
The phenomenon (or, rather, the phenomena) called preposition stranding have been paid a wide attention in the discussion about the structure of the PP, the most influential studies probably being van Riemsdijk (1978; mostly dealing with Dutch), Hornstein & Weinberg (1981; mainly on English) and Oppenrieder (1990; on German). The data situation with German, however, is somewhat complex: preposition stranding does not occur in the German standard language, as opposed to e.g. standard Dutch. Therefore I would like to present in the first part of my talk a more precise picture of the geographical distribution of preposition stranding and equivalent related constructions in German dialects. Examining a fuller range of data leads to quite interesting results also when it comes to the analyses of the constructions already well known. In the second part of my talk I would like to focus on one special construction which, at least on the surface, looks like the type of preposition stranding known from English, but also occurs in some dialects in the northwest of the German speaking area. At the end, I would like to discuss briefly the methods used in my study.
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