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Re: gender: animate and inanimate

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Saturday, March 3, 2001, 3:58
J Matthew Pearson:

> Algonquian languages (Cree, Ojibwe, etc.) have animacy based > gender systems. Like Indo-European sex-based systems, though, > there's a certain amount of idiosyncrasy in how nouns are > assigned to classes. Some semantically inanimate objects go in > the animacy class, and vice versa.
The Dravidian languages, or at least Tamil, have animate-inanimate gender distinction but inanimate could be assigned to some animals, people and even gods. I can't remember any examples of either gender. Danny Boy _________________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Get your free address at