Gender features and interpretation Orin Percus Are features on nouns associated with an interpretation? This is debated in the case of number, where some say that number features on nouns are interpreted, and others say that they are a mere reflex of an interpreted feature located elsewhere. This paper looks at gender features. I argue that gender features on Italian nouns are associated with an interpretation. At the same time, there is a special interpretive rule, subject to various conditions, that allows their contribution to be ignored in certain contexts.