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Gammalt folk, hederligt folk eller bara folk – blir ordet folk ett pronomen?

Skärlund, Sanna LU (2016) In NordsvenskaKungl. Skytteanska Samfundets Handlingar 2576. p.263-277
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Abstract
The Swedish word folk (‘people’) is normally considered an ordinary noun. Some sources, however, state that folk is turning into a generic pronoun. This article investigates this assumption. Occurrences of folk in a corpus made up of 45 plays from the period 1730–1997 are analyzed with respect to both syntactic and semantic characteristics, and it is shown that folk is indeed more and more often used in a way corresponding to that of a pronoun. The findings are related to those of an earlier study (presented in Skärlund 2014), where occurrences of folk in texts and corpora from the period 1300–2013 were analyzed with similar results, as well as to theories of grammaticalization. It is also noted that the main changes regarding how folk is... (More)
The Swedish word folk (‘people’) is normally considered an ordinary noun. Some sources, however, state that folk is turning into a generic pronoun. This article investigates this assumption. Occurrences of folk in a corpus made up of 45 plays from the period 1730–1997 are analyzed with respect to both syntactic and semantic characteristics, and it is shown that folk is indeed more and more often used in a way corresponding to that of a pronoun. The findings are related to those of an earlier study (presented in Skärlund 2014), where occurrences of folk in texts and corpora from the period 1300–2013 were analyzed with similar results, as well as to theories of grammaticalization. It is also noted that the main changes regarding how folk is being used seem to have taken place during the 19th Century. (Less)
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grammaticalization, folk, pronoun, noun
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NordsvenskaKungl. Skytteanska Samfundets Handlingar
editor
Andersson, Daniel; Edlund, Lars-Erik; Haugen, Susanne and Westum, Asbjørg
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2576
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15 pages
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Institutionen för språkstudier, Umeå universitet
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0282-7182
0560-2416
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Swedish
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  author       = {Skärlund, Sanna},
  editor       = {Andersson, Daniel and Edlund, Lars-Erik and Haugen, Susanne and Westum, Asbjørg},
  issn         = {0282-7182},
  keyword      = {grammaticalization,folk,pronoun,noun},
  language     = {swe},
  pages        = {263--277},
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  series       = {NordsvenskaKungl. Skytteanska Samfundets Handlingar},
  title        = {<em>Gammalt folk</em>, <em>hederligt folk</em> eller bara <em>folk</em> – blir ordet <em>folk </em>ett pronomen?},
  volume       = {2576},
  year         = {2016},
}