Particles and prefixes in Dutch and English

  • Ans Van Kemenade
  • Bettelou Los
Part of the Yearbook of Morphology book series (YOMO)


This paper charts the historical development of two sets of verbal prefixes in the West-Germanic languages, which appear to show a large degree of functional equivalence, although they have rather different morphosyntactic properties. The first set is inseparable, as found in the Dutch verbs verbranden ‘burn’, beschrijven ‘describe’, ontmoeten ‘meet’; while the second set is separable, as found in the Dutch verbs opbellen ‘call up’, afzeggen ‘call off’, wegblazen ‘blow away’.


Word Order Past Participle Small Clause Prosodic Word Secondary Predicate 
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  • Ans Van Kemenade
    • 1
  • Bettelou Los
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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