Re: Origin of the word 'kivismi'
|From:||Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>|
|Date:||Monday, April 30, 2001, 21:46|
> It's funny that Uusisuom employs that concept above,
> ie. sticking to male form if the gender of the person
> being talked about is unknown. In the Finnish
> language, there is not too much distinction between
> the genders as far as I know. For example, both "he"
> and "she" are expressed by the word "ha:n" and to
> indicate the "or" or "er" (eg, taxi-driver), you use
> "-aja" which shows no distinction (hence, Finnish
> "taksi-ajaja"). Vya:a:h makes no distinction either.
Actually, there is the suffix "-tar", as in "ajaja"="driver",
Ferenc Gy. Valoczy
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