Thanks for posting the link, I knew of her work, but I hadn't found the dissertation. I just finished reading it. It's an interesting topic and gives a nice insight into the kind of ways the grammar of a (con)lang can change.
Agricola Avicula wrote:
I'm currently investigating this topic as part of my PhD project. I hope to find evidence for the idea that in Belgian Dutch the choice between the different pronouns is still grammatically motivated (e.g. feminine pronouns for feminine lexical items), while in Netherlandic Dutch a shift to a more semantic distinction has taken place (the less animate/individualized, the less use of masculine and feminine personal pronouns). If anyone is interested, I can share my findings as soon as I've got the results.
Sounds interesting, I would like to hear about that. Audring does say something about Belgian Dutch by the way. I think 9.6.2 is interesting in this regard, but you are probably familiar with the work cited.