Comparative studies of variation in the use of grammatical gender in the Danish and Dutch DP in the speech of youngsters

L. Cornips, Frans Gregersen

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Abstract

The paper reports on a cross-linguistic study on speech data produced by monolingual and bilingual Dutch and Danish teenagers. The prediction that both monolingual and bilingual Danish youngsters show less variation in grammatical gender due to more morphological input cues for gender in Danish than in Dutch is borne out. More precise results of this cross-linguistic study are that free morphemes may vary in teenagers’ actual language use in Danish whereas bound morphemes may not. Further, the teenagers produce far more common than neuter nouns in both languages and the bilinguals overuse common gender of the definite determiner in Dutch and, though demonstrably less, the indefinite determiner in Danish.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCross-linguistic Influence in Bilingualism. In honor of Aafke Hulk
EditorsElma Blom, Leonie Cornips, Jeannette Schaeffer
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing
Pages101-126
Volume52
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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Cornips, L., & Gregersen, F. (2017). Comparative studies of variation in the use of grammatical gender in the Danish and Dutch DP in the speech of youngsters. In E. Blom, L. Cornips, & J. Schaeffer (Eds.), Cross-linguistic Influence in Bilingualism. In honor of Aafke Hulk (Vol. 52, pp. 101-126). (SiBil). John Benjamins Publishing.