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Subject:Nouns & pronouns From:Mark Levinson <mark -at- MATIS -dot- INGR -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 18 Nov 1993 10:56:55 IST
Other than that, all I can add is that the gender of nouns
strikes me as a separate issue from the gender of pronouns`
used to refer to nonspecific human beings.
** I'd assume that the idea that a nonspecific human being
gets a grammatical gender must seem less odd if
you're accustomed to a language in which every word
must get a grammatical gender-- sometimes (as with the
neuter "maedchen" in German) unrelated or even
opposed to the sex of what's referred to.
Mark L. Levinson, SEE Technologies, Box 544, Herzlia, Israel
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