Grammatical gender

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Grammatical gender is a grammatical property, which assigns morphological paradigmatic series to groups (cf. Corbett 1991, 4) based on criteria that partly rely on semantic properties (the so-called natural gender) and that has reflections on syntactic patterns such as alignment. When a word is borrowed, it requires re-encoding in order to be adapted to the morphology of the target language: this re-encoding includes the assignment of a gender, provided that the target language has gender categories.


Corbett, G.G. 1991. Gender, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.