The lexical and discourse functions of grammatical gender in Marathi Article - Novembre 2018

Pär Eliasson, Marc Tang

Pär Eliasson, Marc Tang, « The lexical and discourse functions of grammatical gender in Marathi  », Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics, novembre 2018, pp. 131-157. ISSN 2196-0771

Abstract

We provide a functional analysis of the grammatical gender system of Marathi (Indo-Aryan) in Western India. The majority of the new Indo-Aryan languages typically classifies each noun of the lexicon according to biological gender as masculine and feminine. Only a few Indo-Aryan languages such as Marathi diverge in terms of agreement pattern by categorizing nouns as masculine, feminine, and neuter. Yet gender in Marathi has not been extensively described in terms of functions. We thus use apply functional typology to analyse grammatical gender in Marathi and provide detailed examples of its lexical and discourse functions.

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