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Although sentence final verbal clusters in dialects of Dutch demonstrate a large amount of variation in the order of verbs, we argue that this is only apparently so. We take each dialect to allow just one order of verbs in three-verb clusters with a past participle. In the north of the Dutch language area, the order is descending (V3-V2-V1) and the rest of the dialects show an ascending order (V1-V2-V3). The large amount of apparent counterexamples will be explained by independently motivated, interfering properties. First, participles might be V-type or A-type. Only V-type participles occur in V-positions in the verbal cluster. Secondly, non-verbal elements (such as A-type participles) may interrupt a verbal cluster. We will show that the distribution of the different orders in dialects of Dutch strongly supports such a restrictive approach. We thus take this to be an argument that a structural approach to dialectology is required to gain insight in the properties of the formation of verbal clusters in Dutch.
Original languageEnglish
Title of book/report/proceedingsFrom semantics to dialectometry
Subtitle of book/report/proceedings Festschrift in honor of John Nerbonne
EditorsMartijn Weiling, Martin Kroon , Gertjan van Noord , Gosse Bouma
PublisherCollege Publications, Milton Keynes
Pages23-31
StatePublished - 2017

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