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What is feminine gender?

 

Definition
 

Feminine gender is a grammatical gender that

 
  • marks nouns that have human or animal female referents, and
  • often marks nouns that have referents that do not carry distinctions of sex.
Examples (Spanish)
 
  • la mujer ‘the woman’
  • la gallina ‘the hen’
  • la mesa ‘the table’
Generic
  Feminine gender is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 93

 

Mish 1991 456


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