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

From:Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>
Date:Thursday, June 10, 2004, 18:11
Douglas Koller, Latin & French wrote:
> Emily paraphrases: > >> 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.
Japanese doesn't have *grammatical* gender either. Gender is more of an issue in Japanese pragmatics.


Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>