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Genders was Re: I'm back

From:wayne chevrier <wachevrier@...>
Date:Friday, August 26, 2005, 16:50
Nik Taylor nevesht:
> >Julia "Schnecki" Simon wrote: >>Now I'm looking into noun class systems. I'm envisioning a system with >>a handful of inflectional classes and a somewhat larger number of noun >>classes; each noun would be assigned to a certain inflectional class >>based on its phonetic structure, and to a certain noun class based on >>its meaning. > >Cool. Genders can be fun. :) My Uatakassi has 7 genders in the standard >dialect. Sentient Female, Sentient Male, Sentient Epicene, Animals >associated with people [domesticated animals and certain agricultural >pests], animals not associated with people, other animate, inanimate. The >distinction between the last two is somewhat vague. Gold is animate, copper >is not, for example. :) Things that can move on their own, like wind and >fire and insects, are considered animate, while things that do no are often >- but not always - considered inanimate. Nouns referring to social/cultural >entities are animate (e.g., "language", "word", "city", "law")
One of my languages(as of yet unnamed), has 5 genders, 1: sacred/divine, rituals, ritual implements, priests, smiths, weather, bards 2: dangerous things, wild fire, adult males of respected tribes, poisonous things, weapons 3: edible things, beverages 4: domestic things, households, pets women, children, etc. 5: everything else Lisanek, masculine/feminine masculine: default for human, male animals, inanimates feminine: female human, default for animals, animate and abstract Lisa`nre: animate, inanimate animate: human, animals, personified abstaractions, spirits, books/stoies/songs, named places inanimate: things, etc. -Wayne Chevrier