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Gender: esoteric or exoteric?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8914-7129
2019 (English)In: Grammatical gender and linguistic complexity: Volume I: General issues and specific studies / [ed] Francesca Di Garbo, Bruno Olsson, Bernhard Wälchli, Berlin: Language Science Press, 2019, p. 53-61Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Although grammatical gender would seem to be a paragon example of a maturephenomenon in the sense of Dahl (2004), it turns out to be hard to establish anycorrelation to ecological parameters that have been claimed to co-vary with othersuch phenomena, such as community size and degree of contact. Grammatical genderalso does not seem to correlate with morphological complexity in general. Ourunderstanding of these relationships is hindered by the areal and genetic skewingsin the distribution of gender and the lack of diachronic data. To understand howthe ecological factors influence the growth, maintenance, and demise of gendersystems and eventually their synchronic distribution, we have to go beyond thepatterns that can be found in typological data bases like WALS. In particular, weneed to know more about the conditions under which gender systems arise andmature.

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Berlin: Language Science Press, 2019. p. 53-61
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Studies in Diversity Linguistics, ISSN 2363-5568
Keywords [en]
grammatical gender, esoteric niche, exoteric niche, language ecology, morphological complexity, mature phenomenon, areal typology, community size, suboptimal transmission, semantic gender assignment, formal gender assignment.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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General Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-185121DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3462758ISBN: 978-3-96110-178-8 (electronic)ISBN: 978-3-96110-179-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-185121DiVA, id: diva2:1467938
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