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Re: gender: animate and inanimate

From:J Matthew Pearson <pearson@...>
Date:Friday, March 2, 2001, 20:14
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.


daniel andreasson wrote:

> Hey guys. I'm sorry I've been a bit off-topic and natlangy > lately. I'll try and make it up to you somehow. :) > > In a discussion on another list about Swedish gender > I mentioned that there are languages that *do* have > the names "animate" and "inanimate" for their genders > or noun classes. The problem is that I actually don't > know any examples of such languages and now I've been > asked to exemplify. D'oh! :) > > Could anyone give me some examples? And I mean natlangs... ;) > > Thanks, > > daniel > > -- > <> "Lea eica waenaidh mae bwochath waenë, <> > <> ja jordhëchaidh mae gothëje jordhëchë." <> > <> <> > <> <>


Danny Wier <dawier@...>