|Date:||Saturday, February 26, 2005, 15:36|
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Ray Brown <ray.brown@F...> wrote:
>You thought quite correctly. It is what is often called _epicene_ -
>where sex is important it follows the natural sex/gender of the
>canine in question. If you couldn't care less whether the critter's
>a dog or a bitch, then the default gender is masculine.
A number of names for animals are epicene in English. To specify sex
pairs such as cow/bull, buck/doe, stallion/mare are used. The
word "dog" is different in that there is a special word for the
female of the species (bitch), but not for the male who is called
simply "dog." I'm wondering if there is a name for this particular
phenomenon. If not, I suggest the term "semi-epicene"!
Perhaps others in the list would share with us some of their animal
names, how they derived them and how they distinguish when the name