Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0929-7332
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9919



We investigate the use of the in dialogue in Dutch and – for comparison – report on data from Dutch narrative discourse as well as on data from both registers in English. Our approach is corpus-based with data drawn from and its translation to Dutch. Our data reveal that the Dutch is sensitive to the dialogue/narrative discourse distinction and competes with the in dialogue along the event/state distinction. This is in line with earlier findings by Boogaart (1999) and de Swart (2007) and lays the foundation for an analysis of the in which we bridge the gap between the English/dialogue oriented literature (Portner 2003Nishiyama & Koenig 2010) and the variationist/narrative discourse oriented literature (de Swart 2007Schaden 2009).


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Keyword(s): dialogue; narrative discourse; past; perfect; variation
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