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Re: Gz^rod|in (Some grammar now)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, March 12, 2000, 3:52
Adrian Morgan wrote:
> I have defined four genders, called Feminine, > Masculine, Living and Inert. Alternatives for the > last two would be more than welcome. Here are the > definitions:
My suggestion would be "animate" and "inanimate" for the last two. My lang Watakassí also has an "animate" gender, but that actually excludes animals, those are covered by genders 4 (domestic animals) and 5 (wild animals). Animate (gender 6) covers lower animals (like insects), as well as things that are thought of as being alive, like fire, language, rituals, etc. Then there's gender 7, "inanimate", which is basically anything that doesn't fall into any of the other 6 genders.
> - nouns relating to _past_ are masculine, e.g. > history, yesterday, ruin > - nouns relating to _future_ are feminine, e.g. > hope, devastation, tomorrow; > - a masculine abstact noun derived from a verb > indicates commencement, e.g. masculine > _The go(ing)_ means, the leaving; > - a feminine abstract noun derived from a verb > indicates completion, e.g. feminine _The > go(ing)_ means, the arriving.
Intriguing divisions! What would nouns referring to _now_ (like "present" or "today"?) be? -- "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." -- C. S. Lewis