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The lexical and discourse functions of grammatical gender in Marathi

Pär Eliasson / Marc Tang
Published Online: 2018-11-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jsall-2018-0012


We provide a functional analysis of the grammatical gender system of Marathi (Indo-Aryan) in Western India. The majority of the new Indo-Aryan languages typically classifies each noun of the lexicon according to biological gender as masculine and feminine. Only a few Indo-Aryan languages such as Marathi diverge in terms of agreement pattern by categorizing nouns as masculine, feminine, and neuter. Yet gender in Marathi has not been extensively described in terms of functions. We thus use apply functional typology to analyze grammatical gender in Marathi and provide detailed examples of its lexical and discourse functions.

Keywords: grammatical gender; Marathi; functions


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Published Online: 2018-11-30

Published in Print: 2018-11-27

Citation Information: Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics, Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 131–157, ISSN (Online) 2196-078X, ISSN (Print) 2196-0771, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jsall-2018-0012.

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