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"organic/non-organic intelligence gender" <was Re:Ladanandwoman's speak>

From:Robert Hailman <robert@...>
Date:Thursday, May 25, 2000, 23:46
Nik Taylor wrote:
> > Robert Hailman wrote: > > To resolve our whole discussion, though, someone just has to prove what > > causes gender systems to change. > > Dixon gives an example of gender-acquisition from Yanyula, an Australian > language which has recently acquired gender, by the influence of > neighboring gendered languages. One of the genders is "food", marked by > the prefix ma-, which is related to the noun _mayi_, "edible vegetable > food"; this language has ergative inflections marked by -Ngu [N = eng], > when the "food" prefix is added to a word in the ergative, it becomes > muNgu-, from ma- + -Ngu with the vowel assimilating. Originally, a noun > phrase in the ergative would've consisted of _mayi_ in the ergative > followed by a specific noun in the ergative, and later _mayiNgu_ became > a prefix _muNgu-_ (thus, a sort of double-marking of case, obConlang: > Watakassí does that with number, both the gender prefix and the noun > itself mark pluralization, tho in different ways) > > Of course, in the case of Yanyula, it was merely acquiring a distinction > which existed in neighboring languages, but still, it shows that gender > can evolve in an un-gendered language. >
We known languages can aquire gender, but in the case of Yanyula these distinctions existed in other languages. For a similar process to occur in our techno-speak, the techo-genders would have to exist in another language. Maybe a scientific auxlang or something... -- Robert