2021-07-08Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/23183
The two concurrent gender systems of Mba
Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät
This paper describes the gender system of the Ubangi language Mba, which can be characterized by the co-existence of two different classification systems. The ‘formal agreement’ system is tightly bound with the nominal deriflection system, while the ‘semantic agreement’ system, by contrast, emanates from a tripartite distinction in the language made between masculine humans, other animates, and inanimates. Whereas formal agreement is manifested on different elements that modify the head noun, the semantic agreement system operates in the pronominal domain, mostly outside the noun phrase.
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