Formal Assignment System ( Concept )

      |_ Abstract
            |_ Linguistic Data Structure
                  |_ Feature Assignment System
                        |_ Formal Assignment System


One more distinction can be made within both types of inherently assigned feature values: that between formal and semantic assignment. This distinction was proposed by Corbett (1991) to account for the criteria according to which nouns can be allotted to genders. Corbett demonstrates that gender assignment systems in languages can be semantic or semantic-and-formal – that is, the set of rules that determine the assignment of inherent gender values to nouns refer to the meaning of words, or a combination of the meaning of words and the form of words. [Kibort 2008d: 12]

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data Structure Relation Thing     This subsumes all structuring relations used for LinguisticDataStructures. As a naming convention to distinguish relations in data structure from other relations, all names of dataStructuringRelations begin with 'has-'.

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