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Features in categorization, or a new look at an old problem

Keith Plaster and Maria Polinsky

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Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577743
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577743.003.0005
 							Features in categorization, or a new look at an old problem

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This chapter reanalyses noun classification in the Australian language Dyirbal. While earlier analyses have proposed intricate class assignment principles rooted in conceptual features, we argue that Dyirbal noun classification is sensitive to salient phonological cues and a small core of cross‐linguistically common semantic cues in keeping with other familiar noun classification systems.

Keywords: gender; noun class; Australian languages; learnability; gender features

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Subjects: Semantics

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