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Number and gender Each number suffix has its own gender: (m), (f), or (n). e aawe ma' >i Gender is nearly always different between singular and plural. This is a common feat of Cushitic languages; it is often called polarity of gender. It should be noted that Iraqw the difference in gender for singular and plural is not polar. Feminine in singular does not regularly correspond to masculine in the plural. Both singular plural may be feminine. al are separated by I . arwi (f) I arwo banana (f) All number suffixes with neuter gender are plural.

In two nouns it occurs as just -o>o. In hatlito>o (f) I hatlit (m) 'sweet potatoe plant' this is due to the fact that the stem already ends in -it, and the addition of the partitive -ito>o would yield in a repetition of -it. In kwalo>o (f) I kwa>eeli (n) 'widow', the stem is kwa>l, the plural is formed by -i, and the singular, which is only used for females, is formed by -o>o. All agent nouns have a female counterpart in -uso'o. In addition there are a number of nouns for which only the female forms exist.

E aawe ma' >i Gender is nearly always different between singular and plural. This is a common feat of Cushitic languages; it is often called polarity of gender. It should be noted that Iraqw the difference in gender for singular and plural is not polar. Feminine in singular does not regularly correspond to masculine in the plural. Both singular plural may be feminine. al are separated by I . arwi (f) I arwo banana (f) All number suffixes with neuter gender are plural. There are no masculine among the plural suffixes, but the collective suffixes are masculine.

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