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Genders & Re: Elvish-Based Conlangs

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Thursday, August 10, 2000, 16:10
On Wed, 9 Aug 2000 21:44:25 -0400 "H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh@...>
> In a nutshell, the "ambiguous" gender serves as a kind of "wildcard" > that > can "become" either masculine and feminine (but not neuter) as > needed.
> Any comments/suggestions? "ambivalent" sounds OK to me, but > "ambiguous" > seems somewhat awkward. (It does happen to sound like "ambivalent", > that's > why I chose it in the first place.) I've seen a related word > somewhere > that uses omni- but I forgot the exact word. (omniline? ominine? > anybody knows?) > Thanks!
> T
- Rokbeigalmki has a similar system, except with only 4 genders: male, female, common, and neuter. The neuter gender is only used for inanimate objects, while the common (formerly called "neutral" but someone suggested i change it so it doesn't get confused with "neuter") gender is used when you either don't know or don't care about the person/thing you're referring to's gender, or it's a mixed group, or the thing is not inanimate but doesn't have gender. I like your idea of the "ambivalent" gender! -Stephen (Steg) PS- everyone seems to be supporting the term "epicine"....should i change my _common_ to that, or is there a difference? RE: ELVISH-BASED CONLANGS PPS- just tacking this on here to save bandwidth, Rokbeigalmki isn't Elvish-based, but it does have loanwords from Proto-Elvish and (to a lesser extent) Nandorin, since the Rokbeigalm live in Tolkien's world.