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Gender and Language
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Hebrew clearly marks gender in all its morphological forms and syntactic structures. It has masculine and feminine forms not only for personal, possessive, and demonstrative pronouns, but also for verbs, participles, animate and inanimate nouns, inflected nouns, inflected prepositions, adjectives, and numerals. Feminine forms are usually marked by appending an -a or—(V)t suffix to the masculine, which serves as the basic form (Schwarzwald 1991; 2002). This system is a typical example of what Spender (1985) calls a “man-made language”. Syntactic …

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Muchnik, Malka, “Gender and Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 04 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000577>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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