Volume 34, Issue 1
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  • E-ISSN: 1569-9919


This paper demonstrates the diachronic development of the Dutch gustatory verbs and and the semantic encroachment of the former on the meanings covered by the latter, and explains the current use of in constructions in which is expected (i.e. ‘the soup tastes good’). This spread of the use of (and the consequential increasingly limited use of ) can be explained by metaphorization and is analyzed as the result of lexical paradigm levelling.


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Keyword(s): diachronic change; Dutch; lexical semantics; perception verbs
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