Germanic preterite (was: Suppletory forms)
|From:||Raymond A. Brown <raybrown@...>|
|Date:||Friday, February 19, 1999, 19:42|
At 12:24 pm -0500 19/2/99, John Cowan wrote:
>Raymond A. Brown wrote:
>> In the spoken German of the south (and, I believe, Austria) this form,
>> which was originally a perfect, is now used as a preterite, the "official"
>> preterite being reserved there for the literary language.
>I believe this has spread to all German-speaking areas now.
You may well be right. Nearly all my Germanic contacts have come from the
Indeed, I believe this is the case in colloquial Dutch also and IIRC the
simple preterite has disappeared entirely from Afrikaans.
I have some vague recollection about suggesting a similar system in
Folkspraak, thus abolishing the preterite entirely; but I don't think it
was well received :)