Modeling grammatical gender and plural inflection in German

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If a German speaker needs to produce the plural form of an unknown word such as Bral, that speaker must decide whether Bral belongs to the same inflectional class as das Mal (yielding an/-e/ suffix for plural Brale), die Wahl (yielding /-(e)n/: Bralen), or another class (see linguistic addendum). Grammatical gender provides a potential clue: for example, if the novel word is feminine (die Bral), it might follow die Wahl and take the/-(e)n/ suffix like most feminine nouns (c.f. Fig. 1). Researchers have found that that grammatical gender shares substantial mutual information with plural class (Williams et al., 2020), and influences how adult speakers inflect novel nouns (Köpcke, 1988; Zaretsky and Lange, 2016; though see Marcus et al., 1995)
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2020
Event26th Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing Conference - Virtual Conference
Duration: 3 Sept 20205 Sept 2020
https://amlap2020.org/

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Conference26th Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing Conference
Abbreviated titleAMLaP 2020
CityVirtual Conference
Period3/09/205/09/20
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