Moinmoin. The verb inflection

Consider the paradigm for the present tense verb in (6). Column A illustrates the non-inverted form for the verb goan (‘go’); column B illustrates the inverted form, resulting from a movement of the finite verb to C by V2:


a. ik goan              goan-k

b. gie goat             goa-j

c. zie goat             goa-se

d. wunder goan     goa-me

e. gunder goat       goa-j

f. zunder goan       goan-ze

g. Valère goat        goa Valère

h. Valère en Pol goan goan Valère en Pol

In column A, with a pre-verbal subject, there are only two distinct verb forms: goat for second persons singular and plural and for third person singular, and goan, the form of the infinitive, which is used for first persons singular and plural and for third person plural. Compared to other languages, WF is by no means a ‘richly inflected’ language. Languages with rich inflection may have up to six distinct forms in addition to the infinitive. The Italian paradigm is one well-known example:

(7) Italian: simple present tense: parlare ()