The coalescence of grammatical gender and numeral classifiers in the general classifier wota in Nepali Article - Mars 2018

Marcin Kilarski, Marc Tang

Marcin Kilarski, Marc Tang, « The coalescence of grammatical gender and numeral classifiers in the general classifier wota in Nepali  », Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America, mars 2018, p. 56

Abstract

While nominal classification has received considerable attention, relatively little is known about cross-linguistically rare complex systems. An example is provided by Nepali (Indo-European, Indic), which possesses both grammatical gender and numeral classifiers. Our aim is to examine morphosyntactic and functional properties of the general classifier wota. Unusually, the classifier exhibits gender agreement both in its independent forms and as fused with a numeral, raising questions about its lexical and pragmatic functions. Our study contributes to the typology of nominal classification by proposing a functional approach to cases of complex co-occurrence of gender and classifiers.

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