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Re: Mixed person plurals: gender & the (in/ex)clusive distinction; ...

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Friday, August 12, 2005, 10:34

Doug Dee wrote:

> In a message dated 8/11/2005 11:54:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time, > writes: > > >The gender of an animate noun is indicated by the final vowel, > >which is /a/ for common gender, /o/ for masculine and /e/ for > >feminine. Inanimate nouns end in consonants. > > Are these rules exceptionless? I ask because it's been claimed that there > are no natural languages in which the gender of all nouns can be predicted with > 100% reliability from their form. If these rules have no exceptions, then Old > Albic violates this alleged universal.
There are indeed a few excptions: _are_ `sun', _sino_ `moon', _nabo_ `sky', _dage_ `earth', and probably a few others I haven't found out about yet. The gender markers of the words above are primarily mythologically motivated; however, these are usually treated as having common gender. Greetings, Jörg.