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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."



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Dissertation Information


Title: Het Verkleinwoord Verklaard. Een Morfosemantische Studie over Diminutieven in het Nederlands Add Dissertation
Author: Peter Bakema Update Dissertation
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Institution: Université Catholique de Louvain, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 1998
Linguistic Subfield(s): Morphology; Semantics;
Subject Language(s): Dutch
Director(s): Dirk Geeraerts

Abstract: A monograph on diminutives in Dutch does not exist and this dissertation is intented to fill this gab. I depart from the idea that diminutives exhibit both formal and semantic variation. Formal variation appears both on the phonological level, e.g. suffixallomorphy and stemallomorphy, as on the morphological level, since diminutives are derived from different wordclasses, which differ in productivity and potentiality. Semantic variation concerns the polysemy of diminutives and I try to describe and to account for this polysemy. In the framework of a cognitive linguistic approach to categorization, the semantic structure of the Dutch diminutive is described as a experientially grounded prototypical category characterized by a radial set structure and multiple overlapping.