On the use of PUT Verbs by multilingual speakers of Romansh

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In this chapter, the multilingual systems of bilingual speakers of Sursilvan Romansh and German are analyzed. The Romansh and the German systems show important differences in the domain of placement. Romansh has a fairly general verb <i>metter</i> &#8216;to put&#8217; whereas German uses different verbs (e.g., <i>setzen</i> &#8216;to set&#8217;, <i>legen</i> &#8216;to lay&#8217;, <i>stellen</i> &#8216;to stand&#8217;). Whereas there are almost no traces of German in the Romansh data elicited from the German-Romansh bilinguals, it appears that their production of German yields uses of the verbs which differ from the typical German system. Although the forms of the German verbs have been acquired by the bilingual speakers, their distribution in the data arguably reflects traces of the Romansh category of <i>metter</i> &#8216;to put&#8217;.


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