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Epicene & neuter (Was: Re: The meaning of "ilicom" (perhaps hungarian?))

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Thursday, May 30, 2002, 19:05
On Thu, May 30, 2002 at 07:56:57PM +0200, Le cavallero wrote:
> - it should (dare I mention that here? ;-) present some thoughts (like > "unspecified" instead of "neuter" gender) on the market of ideas for an auxlang > (please don't ask me any details about that, not on this list, at least)
[snip] My conlang has a neuter gender and an epicene gender. The neuter is used for all non-living things, abstract nouns, and genderless living things. For gendered living things, the epicene is used when (1) the noun is a collective noun that refers to both males/females (2) the gender of the referent is unknown (3) the speaker is speaking in general terms and wishes the statement to apply to both males and females. T -- WINDOWS = Will Install Needless Data On Whole System -- CompuMan