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The value common, i.e. the same morphological form for masculine and feminine, which is typical of Romance languages, is pertinent both to lexicons and corpora: unlike in the lexicon, in a corpus the ambiguity can often -- though not always -- be resolved by the context.
``l'insegnante capace insegna'' (not possible to disambiguate)
``l'insegnante bravo insegna'' (possible to disambiguate)
The value neuter is not pertinent to Italian. Some nouns present a kind of fossilised neuter suffix, coming from the ancient Latin neuter gender. In particular, plural nouns denoting `parts of the body' such as `membra', `braccia' or `ciglia' are still present in Italian, but they are not classified as neuter: they are considered as exceptions in the morphological inflectional paradigms for nouns, and are classified as feminine, alternating with a masculine inflection. In general, such forms ending in `-a' alternate with the regular form of the plural: sg. `braccio', pl. `bracci', `braccia'; sg. `membro', pl. `membri', `membra'; sg. `ciglio', pl. `cigli', `ciglia'. The two forms disambiguate, in the plural, the polysemy contained in the noun in the singular.