Plural Gender: Behavioral evidence for plural as a value of Cushitic gender with reference to Konso

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Plural Gender: Behavioral evidence for plural as a value of Cushitic gender with reference to Konso

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Plural Gender: Behavioral evidence for plural as a value of Cushitic gender with reference to Konso
Author: Tsegaye, M.T.
Issue Date: 2017-07-05
Keywords: Field-based psycholinguistics
Lexical selection
Lexical competition
Gender congruency
Picture-word interference
Abstract: Konso, a Cushitic language of Ethiopia, is said to have a third value for gender besides masculine and feminine. This property has given rise to two competing analyses of this third class: as a gender (a plural gender) similar to masculine and feminine, or as a number similar to pluralia tantum in many languages. The dissertation aims to investigate the psychological reality of the plural class as realized on definite markers and verbal inflections in Konso. Series of picture-word experiments compared the processing of the plural class with the processing of masculine and feminine genders. Overall, the results of the experiments demonstrate that the nouns in the plural class are processed in the same way as the masculine and feminine gender nouns. This provides evidence for the analysis of the plural class as a value of gender and not number in the language. The dissertation also provides evidence that bound gender-marked morphemes are selected competitively as shown by the data from simple-picture naming task during bound morpheme naming in Konso. The dissertation extends the psycholinguistic investigation of gender beyond Indo-European languages and introduces psycholinguistic approaches into the study of Cushitic gender and number in fieldwork settings, outside the standard laboratories.
Promotor: Supervisor: Niels O. Schiller, Maarten Mous
Faculty: Humanities
University: Leiden
Uri: urn:isbn:9789460932441
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/51345
 

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