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      Gender exponence and apparent polarity in a class of Omani Mehri plurals

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      Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
      Ubiquity Press
      broken plurals, gender, Mehri, nominal architecture, templates, polarity

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          A specific class of Mehri broken plurals raises two questions: why does Gender exponence appear to be possible in two different places? Does the fact that Gender exponence in one site is the mirror image of what appears in the other imply polarity? In parallel to these two questions, the issue of what templates really are is raised. Assuming that (i) templates are direct reflections of deep morphosyntactic architectures, and (ii) Mehri roots do not spread freely to repair ill-formed phonological structures, makes it possible to identify one site in the templates characterizing these nouns as the canonical site for Gender exponence and the other as artefactual. When the differential status of the two sites is established, the polarity apparently inherent in the system can be shown to reduce to an OCP effect.

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                Contributors
                Journal
                2397-1835
                Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                Ubiquity Press
                2397-1835
                04 December 2017
                2017
                : 2
                : 1
                : 103
                Affiliations
                [1 ]LLING – UMR 6310 CNRS/Université de Nantes, Chemin de la Censive du Tertre, BP 81227, 44312 Nantes Cedex 3, FR
                Article
                10.5334/gjgl.249
                a6535a9e-abbb-4169-9e6b-9354891203b9
                Copyright: © 2017 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

                History
                : 01 September 2016
                : 04 September 2017
                Categories
                Special collection: motivating form in morpho-syntax

                General linguistics,Linguistics & Semiotics
                broken plurals,polarity,templates,nominal architecture,Mehri,gender

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