Grammatical gender marking in New Denmark Danish (Canada)

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This article presents a corpus linguistic study of grammatical gender marking in New Denmark Danish (New Brunswick, Canada). The data consist of 2,242 ex-amples of common and neuter gender marking, on (1) the definite suffixes, (2) the indefinite articles, (3) the prenominal definite modifiers, and (4) the posses-sive pronouns. 39 speakers are represented in the dataset, encompas¬sing 1st-4th imgeneration speakers. The analysis reveals relatively little deviation from Standard (European) Danish gender marking as only 19 out of the 39 speakers altogether have 47 instances of non-expected gender marking. In spite of the small amount of variation, there are some clear tendencies in the data in compari-son with Standard Danish: The definite suffix is extremely stable, neuter nouns in Standard Danish get common gender marking, and ‘complex’ noun phrases with an attributive adjective between the initial gender-marking deter¬miner and the head word are show more variation than ‘simple’ NP’s.
TitelProceedings of the 14th WILA conference in Flensburg
RedaktørerSamantha Litty, Karoline Kühl
StatusUdgivet - 2024

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