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Re: Kalini Sapak - new lang

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Friday, July 20, 2001, 23:16
Andreas Johansson wrote:
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>This is, strictly speaking, not true. English does of course not even have >the gender distinction in adjectives, and in Swedish you can't tell if it's >feminine, masculine or common from the lexical form (tho' can tell it's not >neuter). Finnish don't have gender either. However, it may be true that >there's no European language were a specifically feminine form is the >lexical one.
No access right now to a really good Spanish dictionary, but I'd guess that _macho_ occurred only in the masc. (at least until recently, when the gay world got hold of it), and likely _hembra_ was feminine only (and I've never heard a gay man described as "hembro", but maybe I don't get around enough). Strange word encountered in Buginese and its relatives in Celebes, Indonesia: salabai ~ calabai ({c} is [tS]) 'a rooster that looks and acts like a hen' (or perhaps vice-versa, I forget). A compound of *salaq 'wrong, false' and *bahi 'woman' (which last does not otherwise occur in these langs.)