Gender in conlangs (was: Re: Umlauts (was Re: Elves andIllBethisad))
|From:||Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, November 2, 2003, 7:17|
Nik Taylor wrote:
> I use the terms "rational/irrational" in Uatakassi for that division.
> It's not an important division for the language; in most cases, there's
> far more precision (7 genders, to be precise), but verbal inflection
> does go along rational/irrational lines.
Speaking of which, I have encountered a dilemma. Certain body parts are
gender 6 ("other animate"), which is classified as irrational. However,
other body parts agree with their possessor, and thus, for sentient
beings, are in a rational gender. The dilemma is this - should
_tivamisu_ (head, female sentient) take rational agreement or
irrational? I want to make it irrational, but logically, the noun's
gender should condition rational agreement.
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