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FeaturesPerspectives on a Key Notion in Linguistics$
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Anna Kibort and Greville G. Corbett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199577743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577743.001.0001

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

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

(p.109) 5 Features in categorization, or a new look at an old problem

Keith Plaster

Maria Polinsky

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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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