Re: Deutche... Gender-Switch in Israeli Hebrew et al.
|From:||Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, June 10, 2004, 14:51|
>The author continues by noting that this pattern is apparent
>cross-linguistically (mentioning Mandarin, Spanish & Swahili) but the
>*inverse* is prohibited or is solely insulting and demeaning.
Mandarin? Mandarin doesn't have grammatical gender. Perhaps the
author meant Japanese? It was mentioned on this list maaaaaaany many
moons ago that high school girls may use the very butch-sounding
first person pronoun "ore" and other types of masculine-sounding
speech in informal conversation amongst themselves. Personally, I
never heard it, but then, I didn't hang with high school girls.