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A corpus-driven account of the noun classes and genders in Northern Sotho

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This article offers a distributional corpus analysis of the Northern Sotho noun and gender system. The aim is twofold: first, to assess whether the existing descriptions of the noun class system in Northern Sotho are corroborated by information provided by the analysis of a large electronic corpus for this language, with specific reference to singular-plural pairings, and second, to present a number of novel visualisation aids to characterise a noun class system (in a radar diagram) and a noun gender system (using a two-directional weighted representation) for Northern Sotho in particular, and for any Bantu language in general. The findings include the discovery of two new genders in Northern Sotho (i.e. class pairs 1/6 and 3/10), and also indicate that the Northern Sotho noun class system, and by extension any one for Bantu, should be seen as dynamic.
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Taljard, Elsabé, and Gilles-Maurice de Schryver. 2016. “A Corpus-driven Account of the Noun Classes and Genders in Northern Sotho.” Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 34 (2): 169–185.
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Taljard, E., & de Schryver, G.-M. (2016). A corpus-driven account of the noun classes and genders in Northern Sotho. SOUTHERN AFRICAN LINGUISTICS AND APPLIED LANGUAGE STUDIES, 34(2), 169–185.
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Taljard E, de Schryver G-M. A corpus-driven account of the noun classes and genders in Northern Sotho. SOUTHERN AFRICAN LINGUISTICS AND APPLIED LANGUAGE STUDIES. 2016;34(2):169–85.
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Taljard, Elsabé, and Gilles-Maurice de Schryver. “A Corpus-driven Account of the Noun Classes and Genders in Northern Sotho.” SOUTHERN AFRICAN LINGUISTICS AND APPLIED LANGUAGE STUDIES 34.2 (2016): 169–185. Print.
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  abstract     = {This article offers a distributional corpus analysis of the Northern Sotho noun and gender system. The aim is twofold: first, to assess whether the existing descriptions of the noun class system in Northern Sotho are corroborated by information provided by the analysis of a large electronic corpus for this language, with specific reference to singular-plural pairings, and second, to present a number of novel visualisation aids to characterise a noun class system (in a radar diagram) and a noun gender system (using a two-directional weighted representation) for Northern Sotho in particular, and for any Bantu language in general. The findings include the discovery of two new genders in Northern Sotho (i.e. class pairs 1/6 and 3/10), and also indicate that the Northern Sotho noun class system, and by extension any one for Bantu, should be seen as dynamic.},
  author       = {Taljard, Elsabé and de Schryver, Gilles-Maurice},
  issn         = {1607-3614},
  journal      = {SOUTHERN AFRICAN LINGUISTICS AND APPLIED LANGUAGE STUDIES},
  keywords     = {BANTU},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {169--185},
  title        = {A corpus-driven account of the noun classes and genders in Northern Sotho},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/16073614.2016.1206478},
  volume       = {34},
  year         = {2016},
}

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