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Syntactic and cognitive issues in investigating gendered coreference

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lauren AckermanORCiD



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This paper presents a framework for how the multifaceted nature of “gender” (human and linguistic) interacts with grammatical operations such as coreference dependency formation. It frames the question through the lens ofEnglish, in which it focuses on how personal names and referents who identify as nonbinary can provide insight into the conceptual representations of gender. Additional data from a variety of modern languages supports a model of how gender might be cognitively represented such that the observed linguistic patterns are available. I propose a three-tiered model of gender that unites grammatical, cognitive, social, and biological aspects and describes how implications of this model might be tested in future work.

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Author(s): Ackerman LM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Glossa

Year: 2019

Volume: 4

Issue: 1

Online publication date: 25/10/2019

Acceptance date: 31/07/2019

Date deposited: 01/10/2019

ISSN (electronic): 2397-1835

Publisher: Ubiquity Press Ltd


DOI: 10.5334/gjgl.721

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