Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN 1387-6759
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9897
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This paper presents a contrastive study of the human impersonal pronouns man in Swedish and men in Dutch. Both impersonal pronouns are etymologically derived from man ‘human being’ and they more or less have the same meaning. However, there are important differences in the usage of these pronouns. In this study, the similarities and differences between Swedish man and Dutch men are studied in a Dutch-Swedish parallel corpus. Analysing a parallel corpus has the advantage of allowing one to both study the distribution of man and men in original texts and to contrast the use of these pronouns with their translations.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): contrastive analysis; Dutch/Swedish; human impersonal pronouns; parallel corpus
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