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Sexless babies, sexed grandparents: Nungon gendered person terms

Sarvasy, Hannah


Languages that lack grammatical gender often still index the sex of humans and higher animates through lexical means (Braun 2001). In the Papuan language Nungon, natural sex is indicated lexically, with gendered person and kin terms. Certain person terms may also function as nominal modifiers. Indexation of sex in these person and kin terms is partially dependent on age. The older the speaker or focal person for the kin relationship, the more likely that his/her sex will determine the term...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Language and Culture
DOI: .1075/ijolc.3.1.06sar


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