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Genders (was Re: Láadan and woman's speak

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, June 4, 2000, 5:27
Jarkko Hietaniemi wrote:
> > As a datapoint I can point out a natlang with no trace of grammatical > gender whatsoever in its nouns or pronouns: Finnish. There are *no* > articles and only two 3rd person singular pronouns: 'hän' (used for > males and females) and 'se' (animals and inanimates).
Actually, that is a grammatical gender, between human and non human. Chinese, on the other hand, has only _ta_, which can be used for any noun.
> # There is this special biologist word we use for 'stable'. > # It is 'dead'. -- Jack Cohen
I like that quote. -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson "Glassín wafilái pigasyúv táv pifyániivav nadusakyáavav sussyáiyatantu wawailáv ku suslawayástantu ku usfunufilpyasváditanva wafpatilikániv wafluwáiv suttakíi wakinakatáli tiDikáufli!" - nLáf mÁldu nÍmasun ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor