- xv, 283 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
- Additional Authors
- Audring, Jenny,Corbett, Greville G.,Fedden, Sebastian,
- Contents: 1.Introduction / Sebastian Fedden -- 2.New approaches to the typology of gender / Sebastian Fedden -- 3.North Ambrym possessive classifiers from the perspective of canonical gender / Michael Franjieh -- 4.The rise of gender in Nalca (Mek, Tanah Papua): The drift towards the canonical gender attractor / Bernhard Walchli -- 5.Beyond the classifier/gender dichotomy: The role of flexibility in a more integrated typology of nominal classification / Ruth Singer -- 6.Non-canonical gender in Mopan Maya / Eve Danziger -- 7.Overt gender marking depending on syntactic context in Ripano / Michele Loporcaro -- 8.Non-canonical gender in African languages: A typological survey of interactions between gender and number, and between gender and evaluative morphology / Yvonne Agbetsoarnedo -- 9.A typology of languages with genderlects and grammatical gender / Francoise Rose.Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: Grammatical gender is a puzzling category: although it has been widely explored from a typological perspective, studies are constantly identifying exciting and unexpected patterns in gender systems, many of which cannot be easily classified or straightforwardly analysed. Some of these patterns stretch or even threaten to cross the largely unexplored outer boundaries of the category. In the canonical approach, morphosyntactic features like gender are established in terms of a canonical ideal - a clustering of properties that serves as a baseline to measure the actual examples observed. In this volume, international experts use this approach to analyse a range of gender systems that diverge from the canonical ideal, and to determine to what extent each component property of these systems can be considered canonical