Gender by Greville G. CorbettGender by Greville G. Corbett

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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.
Title:GenderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.87 inPublished:April 26, 1991Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052133845X

ISBN - 13:9780521338455


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.

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Gender is arguably the most puzzling and fascinating of all grammatical categories. In this new, comprehensive account of gender systems (including noun class systems), Greville Corbett describes both the diversity of the data and the common patterns which emerge through discussion of over 200 languages, from English and Russian to Archi and Chichewa. He also gives more detailed analyses of individual languages in order to provide clear illustrations of specific types of gender system.