From: Hjalmar Petersen <hjalmar.petersenuni-hamburg.de>
Subject: Gender Assignment in Modern Faroese
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Institution: Universität Hamburg
Program: Department of German Studies
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2009
Author: Hjalmar P. Petersen
Dissertation Title: Gender Assignment in Modern Faroese
Subject Language(s): Faroese (fao)
This dissertation is currently the only comprehensive study of gender
assignment in a North Germanic language, and it clearly shows that gender
is based on rules. The reader is provided with solid evidence taken from
historical changes, borrowings and psycholinguistic tests that proves this
rule-based hypothesis. The dissertation treats gender assignment in Faroese
as mainly twofold: semantic assignment and morphological assignment, and
that the Assignment Hierarchy is shown to have some validity, although there
are obvious exceptions. There are six gender markers in morphological
assignment in addition to negative neuter and nouns denoting sounds. These
rules together with different semantic rules for animate nouns as well as
inanimate nouns show that gender divides the lexicon (especially nouns)
into classes which governs agreement.
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