Gender and classifiers in concurrent systems: Refining the typology of nominal classification

  • Fedden S
  • Corbett G
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Abstract

Some languages have both gender and classifiers, contrary to what was once believed possible. We use these interesting languages as a unique window onto nominal classification. They provide the impetus for a new typology, based on the degree of orthogonality of the semantic systems and the degree of difference of the forms realizing them. This nine-way typology integrates tra- ditional gender, traditional classifiers and – importantly – the many recently attested phenom- ena lying between. Besides progress specifically in understanding nominal classification, our approach provides clarity on the wider theoretical issue of single versus concurrent featural systems. Keywo

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Fedden, S., & Corbett, G. G. (2017). Gender and classifiers in concurrent systems: Refining the typology of nominal classification. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 2(1), 34. https://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.177

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