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Query:   summary responses to Spanish gender (9.1567)
Author:  Maria Jose Alvarez-Torres
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Language Documentation
Morphology

Summary:   IN RESPONSE TO MY QUESTION REGARDING SOURCES FOR SPANISH GRAMMATICAL
GENDER AND THE TENDENCY OF WORD ENDINGS TOWARD THE MASCULINE OR
FEMININE GENDER:


I NEED TO CLARIFY THAT MY QUESTION WAS RELATED TO THE IDENTIFICATION OF
SOURCES WHICH HAVE DONE A COUNT ON THE FREQUENCY (%) IN WHICH NOUN
ENDINGS (PARTICULARLY THE SO-CALLED ARBITRARY SUFFIXES) HAVE A TENDENCY
TOWARD THE MASCULINE OR THE FEMININE GENDER. MY ONLY SOURCE AT THAT
MOMENT WAS BULL (1965) WHO PRESENTS A LIST OF NOUN ENDINGS IN SPANISH
AND A NUMERICAL COUNT OF WORDS THAT EITHER ASSIGN MAASCULINE OR FEMININE
GENDER (OR AMBIVALENT), BASED ON E.B. WILLIAM'S SPANISH & ENGLISH
DICTIONARY (1955).


SOME RESPONDANTS WERE VERY MUCH AMAZED BY MY INQUIRY, BECAUSE IT SEEMED
THAT I WAS LOOKING FOR SOURCES WHERE SOME GENDER RULES WERE STATED;
OBVIOUSLY THIS INFORMATION CAN BE EASILY FOUND IN ANY SPANISH GRAMMAR
REFERENCE MANUAL OR DICTIONARY. I AM VERY THANKFUL FOR ALL RESPONSES
AND APOLOGIZE FOR NOT HAVING STATED MY QUESTION CLEARLY ENOUGH.


HERE IS A LIST OF SOURCES SUGGESTED BY RESPONDANTS:


GREENBERG, JOSEPH, H., 1966.

LL Issue: 9.1581
Date Posted: 10-Nov-1998
Original Query: Read original query