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Re: OT: Corpses, etc. (was: Re: Gender in conlangs (was: Re: Umlauts (was Re: Elves and Ill Bethisad)))

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 12, 2003, 7:32
Quoting John Cowan <jcowan@...>:

> Andreas Johansson scripsit: > > > BTW, this is, in my 'lect, pretty much the only place outside of pronouns > > where the three n-genders differ. I'm still waiting for a good explanation > > away of that masculine -e from those who want to describe Swedish as > having > > only two genders ("t" and "n"). > > Okay, so they're relic forms. Languages are full of these ("grammars leak", > as Sapir said): in English, there is case, which exists only in pronouns; > and the subjunctive, which is distinct only in one verb (guess which one).
But I've never heard anyone deny there is a case distinction between "I" and "me", nor have anyone ever tried to convince me that _I was_ vs _I were_ is not a distinction of mood, whereas I've been told many time that outside of pronouns, Swedish has only two genders. Andreas