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Abstract

This paper presents a novel sketch of a research program into the morpho-syntactic/semantic characteristics of intensifiers and reflexives in a moribund <i>Sprachinsel</i> language, Amana German. As demonstrated in this pilot study, Amana German has (apparently) undergone a shift in the syntactic distributional properties of its intensifier and reflexive inventory. As a result, Amana German in this regard more strongly resembles Dutch and modern English rather than German. Following Gast (2006), I interpret this as a shift involving the morpho-syntactic/semantic realization of recognizing two distributional types of transitive predicates; namely, typically 'other-directed' (e.g. [+Od]) and typically 'self-directed' predicates (e.g. [?Od]).

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