LINGUIST List 13.994

Wed Apr 10 2002

Qs: Case Markers, Dutch Grammar

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  1. Ashild Naess, Query: Accusative-dative syncretism
  2. Stefan Rijnhart, Qs: Substantial Computational Grammar for Dutch?

Message 1: Query: Accusative-dative syncretism

Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2002 17:21:21 +0200
From: Ashild Naess <>
Subject: Query: Accusative-dative syncretism

Dear linguists,

In e.g. Spanish and Hindi, only some direct objects (human/animate or
definite ones) receive case marking, and when they do they are marked
with the same form that marks the dative case ("a" in Spanish, "ko" in
Hindi). I'm interested in the following:

1) Which other languages are you aware of where direct and indirect
object (accusative and dative) take the same overt case marker; and

2) do these languages mark *all* direct objects with this marker, or
only some? If the latter is the case, which objects are marked?

A summary of any replies I get will, of course, be posted to the list.


Ashild Naess

University of Nijmegen
Erasmusplein 1
6525 GG Nijmegen

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Message 2: Qs: Substantial Computational Grammar for Dutch?

Date: 9 Apr 2002 18:22:31 -0000
From: Stefan Rijnhart <>
Subject: Qs: Substantial Computational Grammar for Dutch?

Dear all,

For a European Project on "E-Democracy" (, we
would like to implement an APSG grammar for Dutch. Currently, we are
looking at what material already is available in this field. Are there
public or semi-public (perhaps against a Gnu style license) grammars
for Dutch, of substantial coverage, that we can base our work on? We
are already contacting the people from Amazon
( and AGFL

A summary of the findings will be posted. Thanks in advance!

Kind regards,
Stefan Rijnhart
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