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This section gives a brief and general characterization of Dutch nouns and noun phrases by means of some of their more conspicuous properties. This list of properties is not exhaustive and the discussion is necessarily sketchy and incomplete. Nevertheless, the information provided will help the reader to identify Dutch noun phrases and to gain some basic insight into their structure and their syntactic behavior. Section 1.1.1 starts by discussing some of the nominal features (number, person and gender), and illustrate their relevance on the basis of the personal and possessive pronouns. This is followed in Section 1.1.2 by a discussion of the internal organization of the noun phrase, and the semantic contribution of its various subparts. Section 1.1.3 concludes by giving a brief overview of the syntactic uses and the semantic functions of the noun phrase in the clause.

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