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Research Project:
NWO-project: Numerosity in Dutch and related languages
CLS: Grammar and Cogntion
My project concerns the linking element -e(n) in Dutch compounds like boekenkast and mierenhoop. There is much variation in the presence of -e(n). Earlier research shows that the presence or absence of this linking element influences the meaning of a compound. For example, many interpret celstructuur to refer to the internal organization of a cell, and cellenstructuur as pertaining to structures built out of cells. Thus, the presence of –e(n) can affect someone's interpretation of numerosity.
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