Chapter 1. Recent trends in Frisian linguistics

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This paper presents an overview of the main trends that can be distinguished in the study of Frisian linguistics since the Second World War. We will not discuss the basic tools for linguistic research that have been constructed so abundantly in this period, but concentrate on research proper. Modern Frisian linguistics is, on the one hand, a continuation of a historical-philological and lexicographic tradition, and, on the other hand, a reflection of scientific innovations that has taken place in these decades. We observe three main trends, i.e. historical-philological research, studies of the role of Frisian language varieties in society, and studies of Frisian grammar within an explicit theoretical context. Due to the relatively small number of linguists studying Frisian, developments in this field tend to be a bit idiosyncratic.


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