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The Nature of the WordStudies in Honor of Paul Kiparsky$
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Kristin Hanson and Sharon Inkelas

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083799

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083799.001.0001

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“Elsewhere” in Gender Resolution

“Elsewhere” in Gender Resolution

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The Nature of the Word

Stephen Wechsler

The MIT Press

Languages commonly handle coordination of unlike conjuncts via one of two strategies: “Resolution” or “partial agreement.” This chapter examines gender resolution and considers the recognition of a default or “elsewhere” gender, together with a theory relating grammatical to semantic gender categories. It explains gender resolution in terms of the semantics of grammatical gender within the framework of a theory of markedness. After providing an overview of gender resolution patterns, the chapter discusses syntactic feature computation, syntactic versus semantic resolution, animates and genders with semantic correlates, the origin of inanimate resolution rules and of the featural representations of grammatical genders, and how inherent gender blocks semantic gender.

Keywords:   gender agreement, gender resolution, elsewhere gender, semantic gender, semantics, grammatical gender, theory of markedness, inanimate resolution rules, featural representations, semantic resolution

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