Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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1. The nature of grammatical gender

Arabic has two genders, conventionally known as feminine and masculine. It has no neutral. In general, masculine nouns are not marked for gender, but feminine nouns may or may not be marked. Every animate and inanimate noun must have a grammatical gender irrespective of whether the noun is marked or…

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Atiqa Hachimi, “Gender”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 16 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0024>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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