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Re: What is a woman ?

From:Carsten Becker <post@...>
Date:Monday, January 26, 2004, 16:24
From: "Steg Belsky" <draqonfayir@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2004 2:29 PM
Subject: Re: What is a woman ?

> On Friday, January 23, 2004, at 05:28 PM, Philippe Caquant wrote: > > Thank you everybody ! > > It is very strange to me that in English, the female > > seems to be a marked form of the general term for > > "man". There usually seems to be 2 different or > > symetrical words, like "Mann" und "Frau" in German, > > "homme" et "femme" in French, "hombre" y "mujer" in > > Spanish, "muj'china" and "jen'china" in Russian. Are > > there other natlangs using the English system ? > > Hebrew uses "ish" and "isha", but they only *look* similar. They're > not actually derived from eachother, i think.
Because of the similarity, Martin Luther translated "Mann und Männin" instead of "Mann und Frau" when God creates Eve, btw. The word *Männin is a coinage. Carsten Becker --------------------------------------------------