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This chapter will largely be concerned with the most distinctive semantic, morphological and syntactic properties of nouns. Section 1.1 gives a brief characterization of the category of nouns and noun phrases by describing some of their more conspicuous properties. This will help users to identify nouns and noun phrases in Dutch on the basis of their form, function and position in the sentence. Section 1.2 presents a semantic classification of nouns and will describe the way in which the semantic differences are formally expressed.
      Like verbs and adjectives, nouns form an open class and, as such, cannot be exhaustively listed. New nominal elements are introduced into the language through derivation, compounding, loaning etc. Sections 1.3 and 1.4 contain a concise discussion of derivation and compounding, which, due to the complexity of these morphological processes, will remain relatively incomplete. The process of nominalization, however, will be discussed more extensively in Sections 2.2.3 and 2.2.4. For a comprehensive overview of Dutch morphology, the reader is referred to Booij (2002), De Haas & Trommelen (1993) and Haeseryn et al. (1997).

  • Booij, Geert2002The morphology of DutchOxfordOxford University Press
  • Haas, Wim de & Trommelen, Mieke1993Morfologisch handboek van het Nederlands. Een overzicht van de woordvormingSDU Uitgeverij
  • Haeseryn, Walter, Romijn, Kirsten, Geerts, Guido, Rooij, Jaap de & Toorn, Maarten C. van den1997Algemene Nederlandse spraakkunstGroningenNijhoff
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