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The Morphosyntax of Gender$
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Ruth Kramer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199679935

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679935.001.0001

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Gender and nominalizations

Gender and nominalizations

(p.185) 9 Gender and nominalizations
The Morphosyntax of Gender

Ruth Kramer

Oxford University Press

One of the main ideas of the book is that gender is on n, the head that nominalizes category-neutral roots. This particular head is also used to nominalize phrases and make derived nouns (e.g. to nominalize a vP forming a deverbal noun). In this chapter, the predictions of the analysis with respect to derived nouns (henceforth, nominalizations) are explored. If gender is on n, then it is predicted that nominalizations will be capable of being gendered, and data is provided from a range of languages that bears this out. Several additional predictions are confirmed, including that a single nominalizer (e.g. a n that selects for aPs) could have different morphological realizations but always trigger the same gender agreement. Finally, a few potential problems for the analysis are identified, including putative cases of a nominalizer and a gender feature being exponed separately, and solutions for them are presented.

Keywords:   gender, morphology, syntax, nominalization, nominalizer, deverbal, deadjectival, denominal

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