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Part of Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

  • Date Published: April 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521329392

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  • Gender is a fascinating category, central and pervasive in some languages and totally absent in others. In this new, overall account of gender systems, over 200 languages are discussed, from English and Russian to Archi and Chichewa. More detailed analysis of individual languages provides clear illustrations of specific types of systems. Gender distinction is often based on sex; sometimes this is only one criterion and the gender of nouns depends on other factors (thus "house" is masculine in Russian, feminine in French and neuter in Tamil). On occasion there are equivalent distinctions such as human/non-human, animate/inanimate, where sex is irrelevant.

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    • Date Published: April 1991
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521329392
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Gender assignment I: semantic systems
    3. Gender assignment II: formal systems
    4. The psycholinguistic status of gender assignment
    5. Gender agreement
    6. Establishing the number of genders
    7. Target genders: syncretism and enforced gender forms
    8. Hybrid nouns and the agreement hierarchy
    9. Gender resolution rules
    10. Generalisations and prospects
    References
    Author index
    Language index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Greville G. Corbett

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