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Re: "gender" systems = vowel harmony coalescing with stress changes?

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Thursday, September 21, 2006, 16:46

Agratara Wesley Parish:

> Hi. I just thought that is a reasonable explanation for "gender" in > Indo-European languages. And probably in other "gendered" language families > such as the Afro-Asiatic family.
I see no connection between gender on one hand and stress and vowel harmony on the other. Indo-European and Afro-Asiatic have gender, but they don't have vowel harmony. Uralic and Altaic have vowel harmony but no gender. I frankly don't understand what is your point. ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf