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Innovative 2pl.-pronouns in English and Dutch

@inproceedings{Vogelaer2007Innovative2I,
  title={Innovative 2pl.-pronouns in English and Dutch},
  author={G. D. Vogelaer},
  year={2007}
}
Both in English and in Dutch the former 2pl. pronoun has (also) become a 2sg. form, giving rise to so-called ‘horizontal homophony’ (Cysouw 2003). In contemporary varieties of both languages, however, innovative 2pl. pronouns have caused the homophony to disappear. This paper argues that the mere emergence of these pronouns is not a means of restoring the number distinction in the second person. Their rapid diffusion, however, can be attributed to their non-ambiguous status (contra Croft 2000). 
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