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Re: Optimum number of symbols,

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Monday, May 27, 2002, 15:51
On 25 May 02, at 22:18, John Cowan wrote:

> IIRC, there is some pressure in Quebec (and I saw this a long time > ago, so details are fuzzy and may be wrong) to use, e.g. "professeur" > as an epicene noun, "le professeur"/"la professeure", because > "professeuse" had the historical meaning "wife of professor". > German had/has something like this rule too
Something like that, though to my feeling it's rather dated now, and probably not productive. But in books etc. you come across things such as "Frau Pastorin" = the pastor's wife. Cheers, Philip -- Philip Newton <Philip.Newton@...>