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Word-markers : Toward a morphosyntactic description of the Gorwaa noun

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Harvey, Andrew:
Word-markers : Toward a morphosyntactic description of the Gorwaa noun.
In: SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics. Vol. 19 (2018) . - pp. 49-89.

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Abstract in another language

Many languages are said to possess ‘gender’, that is, a morphosyntactic system in which nouns induce formal marking on other words beyond the noun itself (adjectives, verbs, etc.). Gorwaa (gow; South-Cushitic; Tanzania) possesses a gender system which is interrelated with number in a complex manner. Following the line of reasoning that biological (semantic) sex, grammatical (syntactic) gender, and (morphological) form-class are “interrelated but autonomous domains of linguistic generalization” set out in Harris’ (1991) examination of Spanish, and establishing that number and gender are interrelated in a complex manner, this paper considers the morphophonological word-markers of Gorwaa, a language whose nominal morphology is considerably different from that of Spanish. Following a discussion of gender and number in Gorwaa, all word-markers and their associated gender and number values are identified. In addition to being a useful exercise in arranging the empirical data, this paper sheds light on some surprising surface patterns of a little-studied language.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Morphology; Afroasiatic; Gorwaa; Gender; Number; Word-markers
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Faculties
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2022 12:08
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2022 07:21
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/70160