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Non-Canonical Gender Systems$
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Sebastian Fedden, Jenny Audring, and Greville G. Corbett

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198795438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198795438.001.0001

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A typology of languages with genderlects and grammatical gender

A typology of languages with genderlects and grammatical gender

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(p.211) 9 A typology of languages with genderlects and grammatical gender
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Non-Canonical Gender Systems
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Françoise Rose

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198795438.003.0009

This chapter discusses the interaction of genderlects with grammatical gender within a Canonical Typology approach. Systems in which indexical gender interacts with grammatical gender are cross-linguistically rare. They are highly complex instances of non-canonical gender: in these systems, there is at least one value for which grammatical gender is marked differently depending on the gender of one speech act participant. This chapter offers a groundbreaking canonical typology of systems with interacting indexical gender and grammatical gender. The three parameters used for this typology are: (i) same or different grammatical gender categorization across genderlects, (ii) partial or total scope of the genderlect distinction over the grammatical gender values, and (iii) presence or absence of cross-genderlect syncretism. The results show that the most attested type is the least canonical one.

Keywords:   indexical gender, gender indexicality, genderlects, male speech, female speech, syncretism, grammatical gender, ambigeneric, gender assignment, Canonical Typology

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