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Genders and Classifiers: A Cross-Linguistic Typology

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Genders and Classifiers: A Cross-Linguistic Typology

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and Elena I. Mihas

Every language has some means of categorizing objects into humans, or animates, or by their shape, form, size, and function. The most wide-spread are linguistic genders—grammatical classes of nouns based on core semantic properties such as sex (female and male), animacy, humanness, and also shape and size. Classifiers of several types also serve to ... Read more


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