ERIC Number: ED344461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Cohesion and the Yiddish Consecutive Order.
Miner, Kenneth L.
Literary Yiddish shows a high frequency of declarative sentences with the subject present and the verb in sentence-initial position, the so-called consecutive order. This construction was analyzed in one collection of 17 short narratives and with reference to a hypothesis of German grammarians regarding a similar structure in German. In this corpus, 16% of the narrative clauses were found to be in consecutive order, most of these involved verbs of saying and verbs of motion. However, when cases of the same verb used in both consecutive order and in the regular verb-second construction are found, the consecutive sentences tend to have cohesive ties to the preceding context, usually immediately preceding. Anaphoric reference appears to be the prototype situation for consecutive sentences. It also appears that the regular construction, with the verb in second position, is typically used to introduce new material. Only two exceptions were found. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 14, Number 1; see FL 020 157.