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No Gender in ‘Gender Agreement’: On Declension Classes and Gender in Serbo-Croatian

Boban Arsenijević    Institute of Slavic Studies, University of Graz, Austria    

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abstract

The present paper argues for a view of gender agreement without either grammatical or natural gender being represented as syntactic features. Rather than deriving declension classes in terms of realisation, I postulate them as the only relevant feature that is lexically specified on the noun. Agreement copies the declension class and triggers presuppositions. When these presuppositions clash with those already active in the discourse, default agreement is realised. The paper moreover provides a quantitative analysis of semantic correlates of declension classes and a novel analysis of SC declension classes.

Published
Dec. 20, 2021
Accepted
Oct. 15, 2021
Submitted
July 20, 2021
Language
EN

Keywords: AgreementDeclension classProperties of quantityGenderSerbo-Croatian

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