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.
|Title of host publication||From semantics to dialectometry|
|Subtitle of host publication||Festschrift in honor of John Nerbonne|
|Editors||Martijn Weiling, Martin Kroon , Gertjan van Noord , Gosse Bouma|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
Barbiers, S., Bennis, H. J., & Dros-Hendriks, L. D. H. (2017). John’s car repaired: Variation in the position of Past Participles in the Verbal Cluster in Dutch. . In M. Weiling, M. K., G. V. N., & G. Bouma (Eds.), From semantics to dialectometry: Festschrift in honor of John Nerbonne (pp. 23-31). College Publications.