The syntax of Dutch: The data set

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Abstract: This article is a rejoinder to the various reviews of the Syntax of Dutch (2012-2016) that have appeared in this and earlier volumes of Nederlandse Taalkunde. It focuses especially on one recurring theme in these reviews: the use of introspection for collecting data. Although many reviewers are of the opinion that data extracted from corpora are to be preferred, I will argue that such data are of limited use for the Syntax of Dutch, given that it involves competence rather than performance research: it aims at describing the internal structure of phrases and sentences and not the actual use of these structures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-327
Number of pages31
JournalNederlandse Taalkunde
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016


  • reference grammar
  • competence
  • performance
  • introspection research
  • corpus research


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