Categorization and Agreement in Dutch Double Gender Nouns
Chapter 1: Gender between Nominal Classification and Agreement
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Gender between Nominal Classification and Agreement
1.1 Introducing gender: Some basic terminology and questions to be answered
Since Hockett’s famous definition, gender has been described as a classificatory property of nouns ‘reflected in the behaviour of associated words’ (1958: 231). This definition captures the multifaceted nature of the category: on the one hand, as a class-feature, gender is a fixed property of nouns, stored in the lexicon and assigned by means of language-specific rules, i.e. assignment rules (Corbett 1991); on the other hand, it is a morphosyntactic property, similar to case and number, which ensures discourse coherence through agreement.
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