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Glass Jigsaw Wrote:
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> I look forward to reading your book. I wonder why
> some languages became gender specific, especially
> since some give the feminine to what I would think
> of as a male occupation. e.g. Nauta for a Sailor,
> in Latin. In German the Moon is masculine.
>
> Take care
> Yve

Hi Yve

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy reading it. As to why some languages do or don't become gender specific, do or don't have tenses, singular and plural, definite articles etc etc etc... The answer, as I argue in Chapter 2 of the book, seems to be that the sheer accidents of evolution mean that most culture is largely random in its choices -- despite the fact that we tend to believe our own culture must be the best! There are certain human (or 'archetypal' as Edmond has it) consistencies, for sure -- if not, it would be impossible to translate between one language and another -- but the specific ways we use language to slice up and tag the experience of reality are mostly historical hiccups of consciousness that get frozen in time (though they change slowly over generations, influenced by factors like fashion and sheer forgetfulness...)

Which is what makes languages so endlessly fascinating, of course...

Simon

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Re: The tortoise and the hare, evolutionary paradigm problems 79 Simon Prentis 21-Sep-21 10:36
some perspective 84 drrayeye 21-Sep-21 17:42
Is it just me... 113 Simon Prentis 22-Sep-21 00:44
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The word became flesh 128 Edmond 11-Sep-21 08:26
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Archetype is also in language 86 Edmond 14-Sep-21 10:23
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Thanks, Edmond 121 drrayeye 14-Sep-21 20:09
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Swear words. 147 greengirl5 15-Sep-21 13:20
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