Prepositional Dative Marking in Upper German: A Case of Syntactic Microvariation

Guido Seiler

University of Zürich
In several Upper German dialects, a dative NP can optionally be introduced by a preposition-like morpheme (an or in):

er hat's an (or: in) der Mutter gesagt
he has it AN IN the:Dsf mother told

In my talk I will pursue the following questions:

  1. In which dialect areas prepositional dative marking (PDM) is attested?
  2. Under which conditions does PDM occur?
  3. What are possible explanations for the emergence of PDM?

I will show that the occurrence of PDM is influenced by morphological, syntactic, discourse functional and phonological factors, the relevance of which varies between the different dialect areas.

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Syntactic Atlas of the Dutch Dialects (SAND)