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Rethinking Verb Second$
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Rebecca Woods and Sam Wolfe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198844303

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198844303.001.0001

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Verb Second in Wymysorys

Verb Second in Wymysorys

(p.700) 30 Verb Second in Wymysorys
Rethinking Verb Second

Alexander Andrason

Oxford University Press

Wymysorys is a minority language spoken in the town of Wilamowice in southern Poland. Even though Wymysorys is classified as a West-Germanic language, its phonetics, lexicon, and core grammar—morphology or syntax—exhibit various Slavonic characteristics. This chapter discusses phenomena related to V2 word order in Wymysorys. It is argued that Wymysorys enables its speakers to operate between two word order systems that represent two forces driving the grammar of this language: Germanic and Slavonic. The Germanic system is relatively rigid and allows for the V2 order to exist in its canonical form. The Slavonic system, in contrast, is relatively free, albeit less so than in canonical free-word-order languages. In that system, which has probably emerged due to contact with Polish, the V2 rule does not operate. Wymysorys speakers may draw on the Germanic and Slavonic systems, mixing them by increasing or decreasing the features that are characteristic of one of the two.

Keywords:   Wymysorys, Germanic, Slavonic, contact, V2 word order

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