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Re: Gender [was: RE: Betreft: Writing Systems and Biscriptal Children]

From:Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Date:Thursday, December 2, 1999, 1:47
On Wed, 1 Dec 1999, FFlores wrote:

> Most of my langs don't have gender; it looks messy to me (and unexotic!). > But most of them do distinguish fem/masc/inanimate in 3rd person pronouns.
Just a word in favor of gender: one advantage to gender is the word-building power it gives you. You yourself point it out by showing the differences, in Spanish, between, for example, bolso and bolsa. This is handy in conlang terms -- saves a little time in vocabulary building.