Demonstrative vs Personal and Zero Pronouns in Spoken German

Weinert, Regina (2011) Demonstrative vs Personal and Zero Pronouns in Spoken German. German as a Foreign Language, 2011 (1). pp. 71-98. ISSN 1470-9570

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Abstract

This paper examines the position of the genitive case in present-day German, focusing on the relationship between language users’ perceptions of the genitive (as portrayed in lay linguistic work), their actual use of the genitive, and the long-term diachronic developments that the genitive is undergoing. Two aspects of the genitive – possession marking and its use as the case governed by some prepositions – are exemplified with data from everyday language. It is concluded that the situation, commonly perceived as a simple decline of the genitive, involves a more complex rearrangement of possession marking and case selection in German.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Regina Weinert
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 11:26
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:37
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6441

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