Null arguments in transitional trilingual grammars: Field observations from Misionero German

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Abstract

In this field note we discuss findings from pilot research on a variety of heritage German spoken in the Northeastern Province of Misiones of Argentina.Based on sociolinguistic field interviews with 25 consultants possessing varying degrees of proficiency in the language, we show that this variant of heritage German does in fact occasionally display instances of both null subjects (e.g.pro-drop) and null objects.These preliminary findings are consistent with other recent studies in the contact linguistics literature (cf.Camacho et al.1997; Sánchez 1997, 1999a, 1999b; Cuza et al.2013).In conclusion, we introduce suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-104
Number of pages20
JournalMultilingua
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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