Verbreiding en oorzaak van h-procope en h-prothese in het Middelnederlands | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 69, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0039-8691
  • E-ISSN: 2215-1214



In this article we examine the geographical distribution of procope and prothesis of in Dutch charters from the 13th and 14th centuries, and the frequency with which these phenomena occur, while trying to find patterns in the data. We then venture an explanation of why these phenomena originate in the Flemish dialects. Our hypothesis is that procope of was induced by language contact between Dutch (Flemish) and French, due to the many bilinguals in Flanders. The contact situation triggered an already existing internal tendency by which was lost or weakened before sonorants and glides to also affect prevocalic .


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): corpus linguistics; hypercorrection; language contact; Middle Dutch; sound change
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