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Dat ek so onnosel kon wees! An insubordination typology for Afrikaans

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posted on 2024-02-05, 07:15 authored by Peter Dirix

Evans (2007) defines insubordination as the conventionalised main clause use of what appear to be formally subordinate clauses. D’Hertefelt (2018) constructed an insubordination typology for six Germanic languages for both complement insubordinate constructions starting with that (and its equivalents in the other languages) as well as conditional insubordinate constructions starting with if. In this paper, we aim to extend both typologies to include Afrikaans using a corpus investigation and show that Afrikaans is very similar to Dutch with respect to the types of insubordinate constructions that occur, and that together with Dutch, it has the largest number of different types for the investigated constructions. We also investigate the use of insubordination of other subordinators in Afrikaans, both for complement constructions and for some causal and temporal constructions.

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