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Title: Dutch Double Gender Nouns: Arbitrary or Motivated Agreement?
Linguistic Field: Semantics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Dutch
Abstract: Recent studies on spoken Dutch emphasize an ongoing recategorization of pronominal gender on semantic grounds, with no apparent con-nection to lexical gender (Audring 2006, 2009; De Vogelaer 2006, 2009; De Vogelaer & De Sutter 2010; De Vogelaer & De Vos 2011). In fact, gender instability is not confined to the pronominal domain: Some Dutch nouns display more than one lexical gender (de/het-nouns), a phenomenon that has not been linked to the process of pronominal re-semanticization. The aim of this paper is to identify the common semantic and pragmatic basis for pronominal gender agreement and the choice of a determiner for double gender nouns.

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This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 24, Issue 2.

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