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What is grammatical gender?

 

Definition
 

Grammatical gender is a noun class system, composed of two or three classes, whose nouns that have human male and female referents tend to be in separate classes. Other nouns that are classified in the same way in the language may not be classed by any correlation with natural sex distinctions.

Kinds
  Here are some kinds of grammatical gender:
 
Generic
  Grammatical gender is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 93

 

Foley, W. and Van Valin 1984 325

 

Mish 1991 510

 

Crystal 1985 133

 

Dixon 1968 105

 

Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 314


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