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Re: 2nd person inanimate (WAS: Numbers from 1 to 12 in Ayeri)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Sunday, June 20, 2004, 6:33
On Jun 17, 2004, at 9:56 PM, Sally Caves wrote:
> > I love the idea! But what use would it serve? A compelling human > tendency > is to animate everything. "The tree likes to be watered every other > day." > In addressing the letter you're writing, you would be treating it as a > hearing thing. I suppose it would make sense in a language that has > animate/inanimate gender instead of masculine/feminine gender. > Curious: > what natural languages genderize the second person? You feminine > singular > as opposed to you masculine singular? > > Sally > >
Semitic languages, do that, except for those (like some dialects of Aramaic) in which they've merged phonologically. Hebrew: ata (M) / at (F) (< ati) Arabic: anta (M) / anti (F) (some) Aramaic: a(n)t / a(n)t The proto-Semitic form seems to have been /?ant/ with a following vowel /i/ (for F) or /a/ (for M) of indeterminate length. -Stephen (Steg) "since you've left, a lot has changed here..." ~ 'canaanite blues' by ehud banai