Extending Hawkins’ comparative typology: Case, word order, and verb agreement in the Germanic languages

@inproceedings{Vogelaer2007ExtendingHC,
  title={Extending Hawkins’ comparative typology: Case, word order, and verb agreement in the Germanic languages},
  author={G. D. Vogelaer},
  year={2007}
}
In a well-known book, Hawkins (1986), expanding on an original idea by Sapir (1921), attributes a number of typological differences between German and English to the fact that German uses morphological means (i.e. case) to distinguish grammatical relations, whereas English makes use of a strict-SVO word order. Dutch seems problematic to Hawkins’ generalisation, in that neither case nor word order can be used consistently to express the basic grammatical relations. Using verb agreement as an… Expand

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