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Re: Genders (was Re: Láadan and woman's speak_

From:J. Barefoot <ataiyu@...>
Date:Thursday, May 25, 2000, 14:26
>From: Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
>Any feature of language can evolve from the absence, a caseless language >can develop cases, and a genderless language can evolve gender. Exactly >where gender comes from isn't completely agreed-upon, but probably >evolves from classifiers. So, my idea was a language that had no gender >(possibly having lost another gender system in the past) developed a >gender system based upon things like electric/non-electric. >
Hello again everyone. I'm home for the summer (the whole summer, sigh) and now officially delurking. Perhaps if the Internet continues in this manner and takes a prominent, permanent place in English-speaking cultures (and lots of other cultures, I'm sure), English could develop a gender distinction "cyberspace/real world" based on the classifier /i/- . Just a thought. Jennifer ___________________________________________________________ There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance. - I Cor. 14:10 ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at