Give it a try! | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 136, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0040-7550
  • E-ISSN: 2212-0521



This paper compares the different possibilities of verbal complementation of the Dutch verb ‘try’ and its Afrikaans cognate ‘try’. In Dutch, take three complement types: an infinitive, a infinitive and a bare infinitive. In Afrikaans, can only take two complements: an infinitive and a bare infinitive. There are no semantic differences among the complemen-tation patterns. We conducted a corpus study for both languages to investigate which factors influence the choice of the complement. In Dutch there is a clear influence of region (Netherlandic Dutch versus Belgian Dutch). Furthermore, the length of the object and the type of clause (main or embedded) have a significant influence on the choice of the complement. In the Afrikaans data the presence of the object as well as its length significantly influence the choice between an and a bare infinitive.


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