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I have been looking for a list of French nouns with corresponding gender for a machine learning experiment. So far I've only found lists of words without gender, or small lists including gender mostly embedded in html pages. Could anyone point me to a comprehensive (10000+), free, downloadable word list?

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Aller sur Dicollecte

Cliquer sur Lexique [5.2] et télécharger.

Après décompression, votre bonheur se trouve dans le fichier lexique-dicollecte-fr-v5.2.txt

... bienvenue en francophonie !

  • Merci bien à tous! Interestingly, now with two lists as answers we can compare a bit and I noted that the following words are feminine in the Dicollecte list and masculine in the Lexique list: "auto-tamponneuse", "belon", "binaire", "borée", "corpuscule", "flaveur", "haut-de-chausse", "idée-force", "marine", "myriophylle", "penny", "raideur", "sparte", "tire-fesse", "zénana" – Sjoerd C. de Vries Dec 7 '14 at 22:30
  • Same thing for the plurals: "balanes", "belons", "binaires", "boxes", "corpuscules", "délices", "fixe-chaussettes", "hydromètres", "ides", "lombes", "marines", "orgues", "ranches", "tétragones" – Sjoerd C. de Vries Dec 7 '14 at 22:38
  • Le Robert indique Belon féminin (c'est le nom d'une huître plate et arrondie), parfois masculin ; binaire est un adjectif épicène ; borée n'est pas référencée mais peut être un adjectif au féminin, relatif au bore ; corpuscule, haut-de-chausse, sparte, penny, zénana sont masculins – cl-r Dec 7 '14 at 22:38
  • orgue, délice, amour sont masculins au singulier, et féminin au pluriel. Les autres sont à vérifier avec cnrtl.fr/lexicographie . – cl-r Dec 7 '14 at 22:41
  • Le pluriel d’« orgues » est même féminin lorsqu’il désigne tout ou partie d’un seul instrument (« les grandes orgues ») et masculin lorsqu’il en désigne plusieurs (les plus beaux orgues de la ville). – Édouard Dec 8 '14 at 6:30
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I'll add Lexique to the list. You can download it in Excel format, and use the Find feature to search for words when you have the document open.

The first 6 columns are the most interesting to French learners (and non-linguists), so you may consider deleting the other columns. There are also other resources available from the same group.

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    Pour l'ouvrir sous LibreOffice ou sous OpenOffice, il faut d'abord transformer les tabulations en ; et changer le .txt en .csv – cl-r Dec 7 '14 at 22:30
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    Merci beaucoups! Interestingly, now with two lists we can compare a bit and I noted that the following words are masculine in the Dicollecte list and feminine in the Lexique list: "acerbité", "aérobic", "alexithymie", "baston", "bute", "calcite", "chamane", "conteste", "ecstasy", "intifada", "job", "liche", "loco", "pole", "robinsonnade", "rocket", "super", "syzygie", "tome", "unetelle". – Sjoerd C. de Vries Dec 7 '14 at 22:31
  • Same thing for the plurals: "aérobics", "bastons", "chamanes", "faînes", "grands-oncles", "iles", "jobs", "jupes-culottes", "kilotonnes", "locos", "rockets", "santiags", "supers", "syzygies", "tapas", "tomes" – Sjoerd C. de Vries Dec 7 '14 at 22:37
  • @SjoerdC.deVries Interesting... I'll have to look into that when my semester is over. If you're interested, the TLF is a good source to compare against. – Chris Cirefice Dec 7 '14 at 22:41
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    I noticed quite a few of the differences concern loan words, so I can imagine that gender will not be well defined there. There's still work for the Académie française to do. – Sjoerd C. de Vries Dec 7 '14 at 22:47

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