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Re: CHAT: I'm back

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Thursday, August 25, 2005, 19:41
Julia "Schnecki" Simon wrote:
> Now I'm looking into noun class systems. I'm envisioning a system with > a handful of inflectional classes and a somewhat larger number of noun > classes; each noun would be assigned to a certain inflectional class > based on its phonetic structure, and to a certain noun class based on > its meaning.
Cool. Genders can be fun. :) My Uatakassi has 7 genders in the standard dialect. Sentient Female, Sentient Male, Sentient Epicene, Animals associated with people [domesticated animals and certain agricultural pests], animals not associated with people, other animate, inanimate. The distinction between the last two is somewhat vague. Gold is animate, copper is not, for example. :) Things that can move on their own, like wind and fire and insects, are considered animate, while things that do no are often - but not always - considered inanimate. Nouns referring to social/cultural entities are animate (e.g., "language", "word", "city", "law")


Julia "Schnecki" Simon <helicula@...>
wayne chevrier <wachevrier@...>Genders was Re: I'm back