This volume contains thirteen contributions on the origin of the feminine gender and its relation to the collective in the Indo-European parent language. The Indo-European daughter languages have got mostly a three-gender system, however the early attested Anatolian languages owned only two genders. In this respect, it is debatable whether the feminine gender is primary or arose secondarily from another morphological category. Due to special morphological and morphosyntactic phenomena it is also questionable whether the neuter plural of the individual languages continues an inflectional category or it was rather grammaticalized from an original word formation category collective. The authors suggest different approaches on the question of the relationship between feminine and collective.
Sergio Neri, Dr. Phil. (2011), is research fellow of Indo-European Studies at the FSU Jena. His main research interests are Indo-European and Germanic phonology, morphology and etymology. He is author of I sostantivi in -u del gotico and Cadere e abbattere in indoeuropeo (Innsbruck 2003, 2007).
Roland Schuhmann, Dr. Phil. (2006), is research fellow at the SAW in Leipzig. His main research interest is the etymology of Germanic languages. He has published articles on Germanic and Latin linguistics.
Contributors: Hannes Fellner, Jón Axel Harðarson, Britta Irslinger, Ronald Kim, Roland Litscher, Rosemarie Lühr, Silvia Luraghi, Ranko Matasović, H. Craig Melchert, Alan J. Nussbaum, Norbert Oettinger, Matthias Passer, and Thomas Steer.
All those interested in Historical and Comparative Linguistics, Indo-European Linguistics und nominal morphology, as well as classical philologists, germanists, celtologists, slavists, assyriologists, language typologists and theoretical linguists.