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R: Re: Father/Motherland

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 18:14
Pablo wrote:

> Carlos Eugenio Thompson (EDC) <EDCCET@...> wrote: > > >In Spanish the word is _patria_ with shows it relationship with _padre_ > >(father). Then I thing it could count as a fatherland language. > > Yes, but _patria_ is feminine, and it's also common to say > _la madre patria_. There's no masculine equivalent (_país > natal_ could be, but it's much weaker). >
In Italian we have the same: padre, patria, patria potestà. I don't think that's a matter of grammatical gender: even German Vaterland is neuter, but I'd classify it as a fatherland tounge, because of the *meaning* of the word, not because of its gender. Luca