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Re: THEORY: Gender in verbs

From:Jesse Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Monday, October 1, 2007, 18:44
/self waves hello to the list after a very long period of lurking.

> >What other parts-of-speech > >might plausibly agree with verbal gender? > > [snip] > If there are "pro-verbs" (proforms for verbs), they might agree as well; > pronouns frequently "agree" with the gender of their referent.
AFMCL, Yivrian does this. Verbs are classed as stative or active, which has a semantic component, but there is quite a bit of arbitrariness in the actual assignment of individual verbs. There are two pro-verbs, an active one (atya) and a stative one (eya), chosen according to the class of the verb they replace. This isn't exactly what you have in mind, but it's the closest thing I know of. Eldin gave a good list of other natlang attributes that have similar properties. -- JS Bangs "amazing grace it sounds like razors in my ears that bell's been ringing now for years someday i'll give it all away that's how you sing amazing grace." - Low