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Interpretation of Singular Personal Pronouns in Direct and Indirect Speech. A comparison between Dutch and Dutch-Frisian speakers

Meer, J.W. van der (2014) Interpretation of Singular Personal Pronouns in Direct and Indirect Speech. A comparison between Dutch and Dutch-Frisian speakers. Bachelor's Thesis, Artificial Intelligence.

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Abstract

In Dutch, two ways of reporting speech exist: direct speech and indirect speech. The closely related language Frisian has a third reporting clause: Embedded V2 (EV2). The EV2 clause is syntactically similar to direct speech, but pronouns in EV2 must be interpreted like they should in indirect speech. This leads to the hypothesis that Dutch-Frisian (bilingual) speakers should make more mistakes whilst interpreting singular personal pronouns in Dutch direct speech than Dutch speakers. Thus there is negative language transfer for Dutch on Frisian. An experiment is done with both Dutch-Frisian and Dutch speakers to verify this hypothesis. Results confirmed Dutch-Frisian speakers make more mistakes whilst interpreting singular personal pronouns in Dutch direct speech than Dutch monolingual speakers. However, Dutch-Frisian speakers also make more - although less significant - mistakes whilst interpreting singular personal pronouns in Dutch indirect speech than Dutch! monolingual speakers. This could be due to general confusion of Dutch-Frisian speakers in the experiment.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Artificial Intelligence
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:56
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:56
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/11580

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