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ERIC Number: EJ1000382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0388-0001
From Noun to Intensifier: Massa and Massa's in Flemish Varieties of Dutch
De Clerck, Bernard; Colleman, Timothy
Language Sciences, v36 p147-160 Mar 2013
In this paper a case of synchronic layering is examined in which Dutch "massa" ("mass") and plural "massa's" ("masses") are attested with lexical uses as a collective noun, quantifying uses ("a large quantity of") and intensifying uses ("very")--with plural "massa's" only--in some Flemish varieties of Dutch. Against the background of grammaticalization, we will first trace and illustrate the development from lexical head to quantifier and show parallels and differences with similar grammaticalization processes which can be attested with many other collective nouns, both in Dutch (e.g. "een hoop" "a heap", "een boel" "a bunch", etc., see Doetjes, 1997; Vos, 1999; Joosten, 2003 "inter alia") and in other languages (see Brems, 2003, 2007a,b on size noun constructions in English, Doetjes and Rooryck, 2003 on French). Secondly, we will examine the status of intensifying "massa's", as opposed to uses of small size quantifiers as downtoners (e.g. "een beetje verdrietig", "a little sad") and argue on a more general level that similar to other languages, but contra Klein (1998), purportedly (non-canonical) expressions of high quantity constitute a fruitful resource for new intensifiers in substandard varieties of Dutch. The quantitative data for this study is mainly taken from the CONDIV corpus and collected from student message boards on the Internet. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Language: English
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