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AbstractIn this paper, it is argued that the principle of monoinflection governing the distribution of strong and weak adjective inflection in the New High German noun phrase (NP) definitively became established in the 18th century. Empirical evidence for this assumption is provided by the...
AbstractWalther’s von der Vogelweide aggressive stanza against an, otherwise unknown, Volcnant or Wîcman (L 17,25) opens up the lasting tradition of artistic polemics and ›peer-bashing‹ in German Sangspruchdichtung. Henceforth, the agonal rivalry between artists becomes the favourite field of a...
AbstractThe ›Turnier von Nantes‹, attributed to Konrad von Würzburg, is considered a political poem. However, the specific historical occasion is controversial in research because of the ambiguous facts. This also applies to the dating. But the identified mixture of unspecific facts with...
AbstractWhat are the narrative functions of the present tense in medieval narrations? In order to address this question, the paper brings together linguistic observations on tense semantics and a literary analysis of ›Wilhalm von Wenden‹ by Ulrich von Etzenbach. It shows that the present tense...
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