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Academic Paper

Title: Sobre o lugar do xénero na gramática do galego
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Author: Francisco Dubert
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Institution: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Linguistic Field: Morphology
Subject Language: Galician
Abstract: In this paper I shall attempt to show the syntactic nature of gender in Galician nouns. Gender in Galician is not a morpheme or a kind of meaning, but an inherent morphosyntactic category whose function is to establish agreement structures. This fact introduces gender into the syntactic representation of words and makes it necessary to consider it an inflectional category. It is true that in some nouns like neno ~ nena/L/(boy ~girl) or lobo ~ loba (male wolf ~ female wolf), which denote animate beings, there is a productive match between the syntactic gender information and the conceptual information of sex, and that these matches could be introduced by derivative word-formation rules; however, I defend the view that these facts do not affect the basically syntactic and inflectional nature of the category. In order to sustain this/L/position, I will analyze the behaviour of gender in the so called gender neutralization processes, and I will show that this neutralization is a semantic, not a syntactic or inflectional one.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Estud. Lingüíst. galega 2 (2010): 57-74; DOI 10.3309/1989-578X-10-3
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