Syntactic and cognitive issues in investigating gendered coreference
Lauren Ackerman
July 2019

This paper presents a framework for how the multifaceted nature of "gender" (human and linguistic) interacts with grammatical operations such as coreference dependency formation. It frames the question through the lens of English, in which it focuses on how personal names and referents who identify as nonbinary can provide insight into the conceptual representations of gender. Additional data from a variety of modern languages supports a model of how gender might be cognitively represented such that the observed linguistic patterns are available. A three-tiered model of gender is proposed that unites grammatical, cognitive, social, and biological aspects and describes how implications of this model might be tested in future work.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004064
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Published in: accepted at Glossa
keywords: gender, pronouns, coreference, singular they, features, personal names, semantics, syntax
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