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Re: Deutche... Gender-Switch in Israeli Hebrew et al.

From:Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>
Date:Friday, June 11, 2004, 14:13
Garth opines:

>Douglas Koller, Latin & French wrote: >>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. > >Japanese doesn't have *grammatical* gender either. Gender is more of an >issue in Japanese pragmatics.
I agree, but I think I tussled this out with Nik Taylor a few years back ("kare" vs. "kanojo") and it seemed we both left unconvinced by the other's argument. If you two would like to lock horns, be my guest. Kou


Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>