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Re: Gender

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Thursday, December 13, 2001, 9:04
Christophe wrote:
> >En réponse à Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>: > > > > > On a tangential note, in Swedish _människa_ "human" is female by > > default. > >That's a strange one! A former neuter that was reanalysed as feminine due >to >the ending?
I THINK it's originally _man_ "man (=male human)" with a feminine ending. Perhaps Daniel or BP knows for sure. It's, BTW, usually sortened to _mänska_ (["mEn%xa] in my 'lect).
> > > For some possibly good reason, feminists never complain about that > > one. > > > >Which proves that they are not as much feminists as they are anti- >masculinists :))) . If they were really for the equality of both sexes, >they >would also complain about this one. BTW, does Swedish have a neuter gender?
No, we've got two neuter genders. Arguably, feminine and masculine aren't proper genders but merely subgroups of the n-gender. There is a vague tendency for t-gender words to be inanimate and for n-gender words to be animate, but there are any number of exceptions. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Chat with friends online, try MSN Messenger: