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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. - "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42