157559Re: Semantic Content of Grammatical Gender?
- Feb 1, 2009
>Then, in 2006, I went to Tanzania and learned Kiswahili. Kiswahili's genderChinese measure words can get like this. I can get how a river, a dragon, a
>system is superficially similar to Angosey's, but I got really frustrated by
>the way it was being taught. For example, we would learn one gender
>particle that referred to "fruits and liquids" only to learn that "car" was
>in the same category, and so on. I think it would have been a lot less
>confusing to have just taught it as a grammatical (rather than semantic)
>distinction, like "le/la" is in French.
>I'm running into the same problem with Angosey. When I coin a new word, I
>have to decide what category a certain meaning should belong to, and it's
>getting to the point where distinguishing via semantics is akin to splitting
road, a pair of pants, a fish, and (maybe) a dog are all "long, thin things"
(条). But why is a cow a "head" (头), while other livestock animals use 直
>Has anyone else attempted a grammar that made strict semantic distinctions?I tried to do this with Aeruyo. Originally, I had classes for immortal,
> Did you run into similar problems, and if so, how did you solve them?
>My mind wanders further, into Sapir-Whorf territory. If I learn a language
>(or create a language) with strict semantic categories, does it affect how I
>see the world?
mortal, inanimate, and abstract. I've modified that since:
I immortal beings, planes of existence
II spiritual forces, moral concepts
III mortal beings, abstract concepts or social constructs invented by mortals
IV inanimate (soulless) objects (including physical undead, mechanical
beings, etc.), concepts relating to the physical world
Also, I've cut down on how much I derive things from a single root. The
root "o-" still can derive to "ghost/soul", "mortal", or "corpse" depending
on gender, but for most abstract concepts, I've used separate roots when
there is both an "immortal" and "mortal" form of the concept.
I had planned on adding in some illogical/arbitrary stuff for flavor. But
then, since the conculture is a group of extraplanar "ascended" beings, it
might not be necessary.
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