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date: 12 November 2019

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This article examines the syntactic patterns of Continental West-Germanic languages. It explains that Continental West-Germanic dialects display largely identical syntax, characterized by an asymmetry between main and embedded clauses with respect to the position of the finite verb, and by the clause-final position of clusters of nonfinite verbs. The article discusses the word classes, alternations, and grammatical functions in Continental West-Germanic languages.

Keywords: syntactic patterns, West-Germanic languages, embedded clauses, finite verb, nonfinite verbs, word classes, alternations, grammatical functions

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