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Title: Reinventing Pronoun Gender
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Description:

How many genders does Dutch have? Why do Dutch speakers write het boek -
het ‘the.neuter book - it.neuter’, but say het boek - ie ‘the.neuter book -
it.masculine’?

Why is it difficult to choose a pronoun for pasta, shampoo and gel? How is
it that music in Dutch can take pronouns from four different genders, and how
can linguistic theory handle such a fact?

These and other questions about pronominalization in modern spoken Dutch
are answered in this book. On the basis of a large sample of corpus data, a
unified theory for Dutch gender agreement is developed. With the help of many
examples, the seemingly erratic pronoun usage in the spoken language is
shown to be systematic and regular, employing semantic distinctions that are
well known from typological research. With a competing semantic and syntactic
system, Dutch gender offers a window on the factors that favour semantic
or syntactic agreement. The Dutch data is compared to facts from other Germanic
languages and from pronominal gender languages elsewhere in the
world. The evidence sheds new light on the relation between gender assignment
and gender agreement. For Dutch itself, the quirky pronoun usage is
shown to be an ingenious solution for a historical problem in the gender
system.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Dutch
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789460930072