Paper: What’s in a name? In some languages grammatical gender

ACL ID D09-1142
Title What’s in a name? In some languages grammatical gender
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2009
Authors

This paper presents an investigation of the relation between words and their gender in two gendered languages: German and Ro- manian. Gender is an issue that has long preoccupied linguists and baffled language learners. We verify the hypothesis that gender is dictated by the general sound patterns of a language, and that it goes beyond suffixes or word endings. Exper- imental results on German and Romanian nouns show strong support for this hypoth- esis, as gender prediction can be done with high accuracy based on the form of the words.