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By Wim Zonneveld

The structure of the human language school has been one of many major foci of the linguistic learn of the final part century. This department of linguistics, widely often called Generative Grammar, is worried with the formula of explanatory formal money owed of linguistic phenomena with the ulterior target of gaining perception into the homes of the 'language organ'. The sequence includes top of the range monographs and picked up volumes that handle such matters. the subjects during this sequence variety from phonology to semantics, from syntax to info constitution, from mathematical linguistics to reports of the lexicon.

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Having formulated these two rules, let us turn to the data that will necessitate a slight reformulation. ). They involve verbs which, in a manner of speaking, show a generalized operation of WEAKENING throughout their inflectional paradigms, and not exclusively in forms where suffixal schwa follows. Let me take the back vowel verb braden »to fry» (stem: braad) as a first example. It has the paradigm of (23) in the indicative mood. -en past braadde/braaide braadde/braaide braadden/braaiden gebraden/gebraaien These forms can be brought into line in the following manner.

The left-hand environment of WEAKENING as formulated in (37) mentions three sets of vocalic nuclei: back vowels, front vowels, and diphthongs. Thus formulated, however, the statement contains several over-generalizations: WEAKENING does not occur after all back and all front vowels, nor after all diphthongs. The set of vowels after which WEAKENING occurs was shown above to be that of (38): - 39 - (38) back: front: u, o: t a: i, e: There is, however, demonstrably a class of vowels after which WEAKENING must be blocked.

Lectives gladde Traditionally, these two sets of vowels (38) vs. (39), which behave differently in a number of ways (see below), have been kept apart by various labels. Thus, the following have been proposed: (41) (38) (39) (i) afgebeten »clipped» (ii) (iii) afgebroken »cut» dof »dull» (iv) gedekt »checked» vs. vrijuitklinkend »frank» niet-afgebroken »uncut« helder «bright« vrij, ongedekt »free, unchecked» - 40 - (39) (v) (vi) (vii) (viii) (ix) kort »short» vs. niet-rekbaar »unextensible» ongespannen »lax» onvolkomen »incomplete» zwak-gesneden » schwach-geschnitten» (38) lang »long» rekbaar »extensible» gespannen »tense» volkomen »complete» scherp-gesneden ' scharf-geschnitten» This lack of consensus already over terminological matters is indicative of the problematic status of these two classes of vowels in traditional analyses of Dutch phonology.

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