Masculine Gender ( Concept )
http://purl.org/linguistics/gold/MasculineGender


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      |_ Abstract
            |_ Linguistic Property
                  |_ Morphosyntactic Property
                        |_ Gender Property
                              |_ Masculine Gender


Definition:

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Languages may differ with regard to the point in the animacy hierarchy where sex-based gender assignment occurs (e.g., whether masculine or feminine is restricted to humans only, or includes domestic animals etc.). Typically, with lower-order animates, sex-based assignment will not play a role. As well as the label 'masculine', it is also possible to use an arbitrary label, such as an ArabicNumeralGender or romanNumeralGender for this value. This may be the case in certain traditions (e.g., descriptions of Bantu and Daghestanian languages) where there is a larger number of gender values, or where the sex-based assignment system is limited to a particular portion of the animates.


Language Code: chh In Chinook, some stems can take either masculine, feminine, or neuter prefixes, with concordant semantic impact on the word. Other stems take only one gender affix. The semantic basis for this classification is not completely transparent, but some tendencies do occur, e.g. large animals tend to be masculine while small ones tend to be feminine; qualities tend to be masculine while plants and related implements tend to be feminine; many neuter nouns are mass nouns
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i-qʔiúqt
M-old.person
old man

References:
Mithun (1999:96-7) FROM Hymes (1955:90-131)

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na-rangemna-mak
I-boyM-good
good boy

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