n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - The analysis and teaching of Gender in Greek nouns

Volume 35, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



This paper includes a schematic presentation of the factors responsible for gender assignment, before dwelling at some length on the issue of gender distribution in nouns over the animate-inanimate spectrum, taking into account Corbett's (1990) distinction into semantic and formal assignment systems. Next, the thorny subject of the gender carrier and an evaluation of the different approaches to it are offered, namely, whether gender belongs to the stem or the suffix (derivational, inflectional) and how it is represented (i.e. the gender feature). Finally, syntactic agreement with reference to gender will be addressed. The theoretical orientation is morphological rather than etymological / semantic, phonological or syntactic. The linguistic approach favoured, is the lexicalist theory within Generative Grammar, in the footsteps of Lieber (1980).

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