Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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The Greek gender system consists of three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter, and largely coincides with the reconstructed gender system of PIE. Gender assignment rules are partly semantic (animate nouns are most often assigned gender based on the sex of the referents), partly morphological (e.g. no nouns in the -ā- declension are assigned neuter gender; various derivational …

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Silvia Luraghi, “Gender”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000139>
First published online: 2013

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