Aspects of congruence and divergence relating to adjectives in Dutch and Afrikaans | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171



In this discussion paper, a comparative overview of the behaviour of adjectives in Afrikaans and Dutch is given by utilising two descriptive categories identified by Broekhuis (2013), viz complementation and modification. While noticeable areas of overlap and similarity between the two languages can be shown, some important systematic differences exist, both with regard to complementation and modification, and these are illustrated by means of (as far as possible, empirical) examples. The explanatory value of a performance grammar, in the light of the variable behaviour of adjectives in certain fields, is emphasised, while recognising the extensive range of linguistic categories made possible by introspection.


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