Modifying words. Dutch adverbial morphology in contrast.

Doctoral dissertation by Janneke Diepeveen

The topic of my dissertation is a domain of Dutch word formation which has so far been ignored in the morphological literature: the formation of complex adverbs through derivation. In overviews of Dutch word formation we usually find a list of suffixes for adverb formation: -(e)lijk, -(e)lings, -gewijs, -erwijs, -halve, -iter, -tjes, -waarts, -weg. These Dutch adverbial suffixes have only been treated very superficially which is in strong contrast with the genetically related German adverbial suffixes. Descriptions are usually restricted to the enumeration of a number of synchronic properties without empirical foundation. The diachrony of these suffixes has also remained in the dark whereas there are detailed diachronic descriptions of the German counterparts. With my dissertation I aim to fill these gaps by offering a detailed description of the Dutch adverbial suffixes from a synchronic and a diachronic perspective. It is based on qualitative investigation of attested language data from corpora and dictionaries. Two further word-formation morphemes are included, -matig and -technisch, whose German equivalents -mäßig and -technisch have recently received much attention in the literature. In view of the combined synchronic and diachronic perspective, I describe the development of each suffix starting in the oldest phase of Dutch until contemporary Dutch. Contrastive observations on German and English related suffixes are included to enrich the description of the Dutch suffixes.

The dissertation is published in Dissertationen online of the Freie Universität Berlin.

Project-related publications

Diepeveen, Janneke (in prep.). Dutch adverbial morphology: a scalar approach.

Diepeveen, Ariane (2012). Modifying words. Dutch adverbial morphology in contrast. PhD dissertation. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin. (FU Dissertationen Online)

Diepeveen, Janneke (2012). Remarkably different: Adverbial morphology in Dutch, English and German from a diachronic perspective. In: Maria Bloch-Trojnar & Anna Bloch-Rozmej (eds.), Modules and Interfaces. Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL, 139-161 (Studies in Linguistics and Methodology, 4). [url]

Diepeveen, Janneke (2012). 1964: Herman Roose, Het probleem van de woordsoorten, in het bijzonder van het bijwoord in het Nederlands. Internationale Neerlandistiek 50: jubilee issue 1963-2012, 14-16. [Open Access version]

Diepeveen, Janneke (2011). Adverb formation and modification: English, German and Dutch adverbial morphology in contrast. Poznán Studies in Contemporary Linguistics 47:4, 710-731. [url]

Diepeveen, Janneke (2011). Interestingly, interessanterweise, interessant genoeg: De vorming van evaluatieve bepalingen in het Nederlands vanuit contrastief perspectief. Lage Landen Studies 2, 195-220.

Diepeveen, Janneke & Freek Van de Velde (2010). Adverbial Morphology: How Dutch and German are Moving Away from English. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 22:4, 389-413. [pdf]

Hüning, Matthias & Janneke Diepeveen (2009). Simpelweg een suffix? Over bijwoordvorming met -weg. In: Egbert Beijk et al. (red.), Fons verborum. Feestbundel voor prof. dr. A.M.F.J. (Fons) Moerdijk, aangeboden door vrienden en collega's bij zijn afscheid van het Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie. Leiden; Amsterdam: Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie; Gopher BV, 369-380. [pdf]