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Re: USAGE: Currencies and -s

From:BP Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Saturday, September 2, 2000, 18:09
At 13:28 02.9.2000 +0300, Markus Miekk-oja wrote:
>Mark has some rather interesting properties when it comes to gender. >It is inflected somewhat as if it were a neutrum, though it is a utrum >reale, except for >when referring to the physical objects which are treated like utrum reale >completely. >If the neutrum article was used with it, we'd assume that it was a "märke" >that >was spoken about (sign, brand...) "Ett mark" indeed leads my mind to the >signs cut on the ears of sheep, in order to mark-up the owner.
It's the same in Bohuslänska, except that here they are all "mærk", with a very deep, pharyngealized front vowel: "Dij tôskânj dij kômmër hér å spör wa vârenj kôster ij mærk, åsså trûr_dij atte dij kan **bîtærlde't** ij mærkër å!" Those Germans they come here and ask what the goods cost in marks, and then they think that they can pay it in marks too!" :-) /BP 8^)> -- B.Philip Jonsson (delete X) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Truth, Sir, is a cow which will give [skeptics] no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull." -- Sam. Johnson (no rel. ;)