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Re: Going NOMAIL: Honeymoon (was Re: Word classification (was Re: The philosophical language fallacy (was Re: Evanescence of information (was Re: Going NOMAIL: Honeymoon))))

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Thursday, July 10, 2008, 7:30
On Tue, 8 Jul 2008 22:08:44 -0700, David J. Peterson wrote:
>semantic categorization can be a *lot* of fun for artlangs-- >especially when it comes to noun classes. If a language has >noun classes, then every noun has to fit into one of the >classes, and that in itself proves interesting even when you >only have two (e.g., masculine and feminine).
Yep, forcing non-living things into such a system can even be fun in all its ludicrousness. I've been similarly toying in one project with a noun class system of "black/red/white". There's also that one where I'm trying to work in about six distinct but not entirely orthogonal noun class systems, each on a different grammatical level (a purely semantic animate / inanimate distinction, purely morphophonemic declension classes, purely syntactic pseudo-definitness, and then the hairy ones in-between...) ;) John Vertical