'Nee, ze heeft er twee': Acquisition of the Dutch quantitative 'er'
Berends, S., Veenstra, A., & Van Hout, A.
'Nee, ze heeft er twee': Acquisition of the Dutch quantitative 'er'. Groninger Arbeiten zur Germanistischen Linguistik, 51
, 1-7. Retrieved from http://irs.ub.rug.nl/dbi/4ef4a0b3eafcb.
We present the first study on the acquisition of the Dutch quantitative pronoun er in
sentences such as de vrouw draagt er drie ‘the woman is carrying three.’ There is a
large literature on Dutch children’s interpretation of pronouns and a few recent
production studies, all specifically looking at 3rd person singular pronouns and the
so-called Delay of Principle B effect (Coopmans & Philip, 1996; Koster, 1993;
Spenader, Smits and Hendriks, 2009). However, no one has studied children’s use of
quantitative er. Dutch is the only Germanic language with such a pronoun.