Expressing Duality in Contemporary English and German

A Cross-Linguistic Corpus-Based Analysis of Present-Day Dual Expressions

Authors

  • Andrej Podobnik

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/linguistica.61.1.93-112

Keywords:

duality, dual number, duality in English and German, corpus analysis, contrastive analysis

Abstract

The aim of this article is to show the presence of duality in contemporary English and German grammatical forms despite there being no dual in these two languages. The focus lies primarily on the features of the dual and the ways in which these are reflected in the two Germanic languages. An overview of historical and present-day dual expressions is followed by a corpus analysis of selected dual forms. The empirical data, as well as the theoretical premises, show that duality is a surprisingly common feature in English and German.

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Published

29.12.2021

How to Cite

Podobnik, A. (2021). Expressing Duality in Contemporary English and German: A Cross-Linguistic Corpus-Based Analysis of Present-Day Dual Expressions. Linguistica, 61(1), 93–112. https://doi.org/10.4312/linguistica.61.1.93-112