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Gender in conlangs (was: Re: Umlauts (was Re: Elves and Ill Bethisad))

From:Muke Tever <hotblack@...>
Date:Friday, October 31, 2003, 17:21
On Fri, 31 Oct 2003 17:20:19 +0100, Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
> Surely there must have been _some_ grounds for the gender assignments, > originally, no matter who random they may look after millennia of > semantic, societal and technological change.
Gender in Kirumb is assigned purely for morphological reasons: whatever kind of stem-formant a substantive is made from determines whether a word is m./f./neut., regardless of the meaning of the root; e.g. words in nomen-actionis <-irí> are all f., words in nomen-agentis <-os> are m., etc. (However by the time of Atlantic Kirumb grammatical gender has ceased to be of relevance.) How do others with conlangs with the familiar masc-fem-neut gender system assign gender to words? *Muke! -- E jer savne zarjé mas ne (You put music in my heart Se imné koone'f metha And with the spirit of an artist Brissve mé kolé adâ. I will make the dreamtime)


Adam Walker <carrajena@...>
H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Carsten Becker <post@...>