Re: Dimorphic conlang?
|From:||Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, April 3, 2005, 8:05|
On Sun, 3 Apr 2005 00:23:33 -0500, Patrick Littell <puchitao@...>
>On Apr 2, 2005 1:30 PM, Joseph a.k.a Buck <zhosh@...> wrote:
>> Have any of the conlangers here ever developed a language wherein asentient
>> species' physiological or social dimorphism was reflected in thelanguage in
>> other than a minor way (e.g. m/f manifesting as specifically malepronouns &
>> female pronouns?
>Hmm, you mean like, say, sentient walruses or elephant seals labeling
>everything (relatively) small as feminine and things that are
>downright huge as masculine? Noun classes by weight: everything less
>than 4,000 pounds is feminine by default.
Ha ha! _Very_ cool! I'll have to maybe try something along those lines
when I work on my Elvish language (I'm thinking of giving my elves a
eusocial ant/bee/termite-derived structure, btw, just to mess around with
the pillars of Received Fantasy Stereotype!)!