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

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 9, 2004, 21:04
Quoting Emily Zilch <emily0@...>:

> { Andreas Johansson } "'Deutscher'? Is that meant to be the native > ethnonym (in which case the lady in question might prefer to be refered > as feminine _(eine) Deutsche_ rather than masculine _(ein) Deutscher_), > or a hybrid of _deutsch_ plus English ending _-er_?" > > Eunh. My German is limited to an inherited "Ich kanne meine > Gummischohen nicht finden" (sp?) so when referring to das Gowernator > (i.e. Arnold Schwartzenneger, Governor of my home state) as an > "Österreichlander" she firmly corrected me to, um, I think > "Österreicher" and mentioned a German person wasn't a Deutschland-er > but a Deutch-er.
_Ich kann meine Gummischuhe nicht finden_ and, indeed, _Österreicher_.
> She might have noted that the better form for her was Deutsche. Or > maybe she's transgendered in Germany, I dunno.
Arnie being male, and Germans tending to use masculine as default, it was perhaps not suprising if she only mentioned the masculine from. Andreas