One Word, Two Genders: Categorization and Agreement in Dutch Double Gender Nouns

One Word, Two Genders: Categorization and Agreement in Dutch Double Gender Nouns

by Chiara Semplicini
One Word, Two Genders: Categorization and Agreement in Dutch Double Gender Nouns

One Word, Two Genders: Categorization and Agreement in Dutch Double Gender Nouns

by Chiara Semplicini

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Overview

This first academic study of double gender nouns (DGNs) in the Dutch language investigates why certain nouns have more than one gender. DGNs are shown to be part of a generalized restructuring of Dutch gender as a whole, and this study shows them to be catalysts in the transition towards a (more) semantic system.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783034309271
Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Series: Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics , #38
Pages: 397
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x (d)

About the Author

Chiara Semplicini holds a PhD in General Linguistics and Romance Philology after completing a thesis on Dutch double gender nouns in 2012. She has participated in many conferences and workshops and has published widely on the issue. Her research interests include German philology, Germanic languages, cognitive linguistics, gender, morphology and semantics.

Table of Contents

Contents: Theoretical Framework – Gender between Nominal Classification and Agreement – Gender as an Individuation Marker – The Dutch Gender System – From the Original Formal System to the Mismatched System: The Evolution of Dutch Gender – Gender as an Individuation Marker in Dutch – An Analysis of Dutch Double Gender Nouns – Towards a Definition and Systematization of Dutch Double Gender Nouns: A Synchronic and a Diachronic Perspective – Dutch Double Gender Nouns in Language Usage – Beyond Double Gender Nouns.
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