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The present participle and gender assignment in Swedish

Authors
  • Skrzypek, Dominika
Type
Published Article
Journal
Folia Scandinavica Posnaniensia
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2021
Volume
31
Issue
1
Pages
15–22
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/fsp-2021-0004
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The paper considers gender assignment of deverbal nouns, originally present participles, in Swedish. The perspective is diachronic. The corpus consists of a choice of Swedish texts from 1225-1732. The results show that nouns denoting entities ranking higher in the Animacy hierarchy show tendencies to be placed in the utrum gender (originally masculine and feminine genders) and nouns denoting mass, collective or abstract referents to be assigned neuter gender. This tendency is visible throughout the history of the Swedish language.

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