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R: Re: Genders

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 6, 2000, 20:13
> On Tue, Sep 05, 2000 at 04:45:53PM +0200, Mangiat wrote: > [snip] > > And about a IE-like 3-gender system: is it common, or a peculiarity of
> > language-family? Are there other families with this kind of gender
> > *Our* language family? *ahem*. Oh, you mean exclusive first person > plural... ;-) (just kidding)
Well, we're all speaking English here around, aren't we? So we can say IE is our language family (although for some cases not a L1 langfam).
> English is the only language I'm fluent with that has gender built into > it. (Well, I know some basic classical Greek, but I think others on this > list are more qualified to talk about that!) Although some Mandarin texts > differentiate between masculine and feminine in pronouns, they aren't > pronounced differently anyway, so it doesn't matter. Malay doesn't have > gender either AFAIK. It might've had it in older forms of the language, > but unfortunately I was a bad student back in those days when I had to > learn Malay... :-( > > But I *have* heard about European languages which assign genders to > non-animate objects in a basically arbitrary way. IIRC, there's a > masculine word in Spanish which is feminine in Portuguese. (I forgot which > one it is now, and I don't want to make a big fool of myself by guessing > what it might be :-P )
My beloved Italian does it as well, but, as every other Romance lang, the choice of the gender is 90% based on the ending vowel (or, for French, the old ending vowel - since a lot of endings disappeared in that tongue)
> As far as conlangs go, tho, my conlang has 5 genders, which I won't bother > repeating here unless you want me to, since I've posted lengthy > descriptions of it to the list before. But it's basically an extension of > the masculine-feminine-neuter system from IE. Other conlangs also have > other more interesting gender systems, but I'll let them speak for their > own conlangs. :-) >
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