gender assignement :new answers PLZ
myerssc3 at msu.edu
Tue May 19 12:49:41 UTC 2009
Mostari--What you say is generally what is found in cs data sets. That is, in general the dominant gender of the ML prevails, but then the system breaks down---phonological features are sometimes the basis for gender assignment, it seems, but not in all cases. So there is no simple and complete answer.
I can't think of a more formal way to state the facts.
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From: mostari hind
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Subject: gender assignement :new answers PLZ
in code switching, it is generally agreed that the speaker uses his L1 in order to assign gender to L2 following his L1 equivalent or the phonological shape of L1 such as :
di: k sachet
here , the speaker uses a masculine demonstrative pronoun ( di:k in arabic ) because he translates sachet into arabic ; which is feminine ( chkara ) .
But , i have found that sometimes the speaker assigns a gender though he does not really know the equivalent word in his L1 , basing on sonority ie i think that the speaker feels whether such word in Fr sounds more feminine or masculine such as :
the equivalent french word ' astuce' is unknown in arabic , so here , the only explanation i found is that the speaker thinks that the phonological sonority of 'astuce ' is moremasculine than feminine . Though in reality , the french word astuce is feminine .
so, my question is : can you give to my explantion a more academic terminology , and do you agree with me ?
all the best
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