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Gender and Noun Classification

Edited by Éric Mathieu, Myriam Dali, and Gita Zareikar

November 2018

ISBN: 9780198828112

336 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

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This volume explores the many ways by which natural languages categorize nouns into genders or classes. The findings in the volume have significant implications for syntactic theory and theories of interpretation, and contribute to a greater understanding of the interplay between inflection and derivation.

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This volume explores the many ways by which natural languages categorize nouns into genders or classes. The findings in the volume have significant implications for syntactic theory and theories of interpretation, and contribute to a greater understanding of the interplay between inflection and derivation.

  • Draws on data from a wide range of typologically diverse languages
  • Combines syntactic, semantic, morphological, and pragmatic approaches to gender and noun classification
  • Offers both theoretical analyses and typological exploration of gender-related phenomena

About the Author(s)

Edited by Éric Mathieu, Full Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Ottawa, Myriam Dali, PhD student, Department of Linguistics, University of Ottawa, and Gita Zareikar, PhD student, Deparment of Linguistics, University of Ottawa

Éric Mathieu is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on French (Modern and Old) and the Algonquian language Ojibwe. His work has appeared in journals such as Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Lingua, and Probus, and he is the co-editor, with Robert Truswell, of Micro-change and Macro-change in Diachronic Syntax (OUP, 2017).

Myriam Dali is a PhD student at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include the syntax and semantics of number and gender, the structure of the DP, the singulative, and the diachronic evolution of number marking systems. She has recently worked on the competition between plural forms in Tunisian Arabic. Her work has been published in Lingvisticae Investigationes and she has a book in preparation with John Benjamins.

Gita Zareikar is a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include the syntax and semantics of bare nominals and number interpretation in general number languages. She focuses on the syntax of noun phrases and more specifically on the evolution of classifiers in non-numeral-classifier languages. She has recently been working on telicity and viewpoint aspect and its interaction with number and specificity. Her work has been published in Linguistic Variation and in the conference proceedings of NELS 46 and CLA 2015.

Table of Contents

    1: Humans, gods, and demons, Éric Mathieu
    Part I. Gender and partition
    2: Partitioning the nominal domain: The convergence of morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, Rose-Marie Déchaine
    3: Categorization as noun construction: Gender, number, and entity types, Paolo Acquaviva
    Part II. Locus of gender
    4: Multiple facets of constructional Arabic Gender and 'functional universalism' in the DP, Abdelkader Fassi Fehri
    5: Limiting gender, Christopher Hammerly
    6: The double life of gender and its structural consequences: A case study from Standard Italian, Ivona Kučerová
    7: On gender and agreement in Brazilian Portuguese, Danniel da Silva Carvalho
    8: A novel kind of gender syncretism, Ruth Kramer
    9: (Grammatical) gender troubles and the gender of pronouns, Phoevos Panagiotidis
    Part III. Morphosemantic noun classification
    10: Number, names, and animacy: Nominal classes and plural interactions in Gitksan, Clarissa Forbes
    11: Plural marking on mass nouns: Evidence from Greek, Maria Kouneli
    12: Productivity vs. predictability: Evidence for the syntax and semantics of Animate gender in four Northeastern-area Algonquian languages, Conor McDonough Quinn
    13: How to phraseologize nominal number, Solveiga Armoskaite
    References
    Index