New publication: One Word, Two Genders
Dutch is a peculiar language in that certain nouns have more than one gender. This first academic study of double gender nouns (DGNs) in the Dutch language investigates this anomaly. First assigned a lexicological classification, the DGNs are then analysed contextually by means of a corpus study. DGNs are shown to be part of a generalized restructuring of Dutch gender as a whole. No longer a fringe phenomenon in the Dutch gender system, this study shows them to be catalysts in the transition towards a (more) semantic system, a process that is much more advanced than commonly assumed.
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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.