Research Repository

An exploration of the person-related markers in finite synthetic verbs in C16 Basque

Broughton, Sylvia Mary (2022) An exploration of the person-related markers in finite synthetic verbs in C16 Basque. PhD thesis, University of Essex.

Corrected Final Complete Thesis.pdf

Download (2MB) | Preview


From an examination of the emergence of Batua, dialect classification, the relationship of sixteenth century Basque to Batua, two sets of sixteenth century sources, the thesis contends that, over the last half-millennium, Basque has changed to a greater extent than generally acknowledged. Semantic, aspectual, syntactic, phonological and morphological change is illustrated, showing how different sources reflect different stages of key transitions. Investigation of the morphosyntax of sixteenth century person-related markers contrasts patterns of distribution, positioning, pleonasm and omission with those of the modern language. Indexing between pre- and post-root features suggests a history of serial verbs, or possibly root suppletion; in particular the shift from sixteenth century predominantly pre-root (where they exist) to the modern overwhelmingly post-root positioning of dative flags lends weight to the contention that Basque might have transitioned from a language with previously greater pre-inflective typology than the overwhelmingly post-inflective language of today. Sixteenth century intermediate forms permit insights into an earlier history of reanalysis and repurposing and suggest foci for future research.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evolution of Basque; history of Basque; pre-sixteenth century attestations; sixteenth century; dialects; emergence of Batua; person-related markers; indexing; pluralizers; dative flags; positional variation; pleonasm; pre-root; post-root; pre-inflective; post-inflective; intermediate forms; reanalysis; Etxepare; Leizarraga; Garibai; Refranes y Sentencias; Lazarraga; High Navarrese; Oñati Poetry; Zumarraga; Zuazo; Yrizar; Trask; Mitxelena; Azkue.
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Sylvia Broughton
Date Deposited: 20 May 2022 14:29
Last Modified: 20 May 2022 14:45

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item