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Swahili Gender System - A few more comments

From:Chris Bates <christopher.bates@...>
Date:Friday, March 26, 2004, 13:33
I suppose sometimes the gender system actually increases conciseness,
since Swahili is pro-drop:

I:subj-simple:present-it(ki class)-read-indicative

Since a book is ki class, this would probably be heard as "I read the
book". But I still think overall the agreements actually make it take
more rather than less time to say anything.