Standard Breton, traditional dialects, and how they differ syntactically
Melanie Jouitteau
November 2017
 

This article provides a syntactic characterization of the different Breton varieties spoken in the twenty first century. Standard Breton is addressed as one of the modern dialects spoken in Brittany, and its syntax is compared with that of traditional varieties. I first establish a baseline and inventory the syntactic parameters that differentiate the traditional dialects from each other: Kerne, Leon, Goelo, Treger (KLT in the West) and Gwenedeg (South East). I show that a robust body of syntactic variation facts characterizes traditional dialects. I next compare these with the Standard variety that emerged during the twentieth century, and show that if Standard Breton has original features of its own, it varies less with respect to traditional varieties than traditional varieties among themselves.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004104
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Published in: submitted to Journal of Celtic Linguistics in 2017
keywords: breton, celtic, standard, microvariation, dialectology, syntax, complementizer, agreement, negation, tag questions, preposition insertion, case, expletives, q particles, polar question, rannig, relatives, auxiliary selection, passives, direct pronouns, construct state, demonstratives, impersonals, nul expletive, subject resumptive, echo pronoun, and more
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