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")