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Re: [SCA Newcomers] Italian names

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  • Sara L Uckelman
    ... Note that there is a difference between the grammatical gender of a word in a language which inflects nouns and adjectives based on their gender, and the
    Message 1 of 28 , May 14, 2009
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      Quoth "Labhaoise O'Beachain":
      > In most langauges, english being an exception, EVERYTHING has a gender. In so

      Note that there is a difference between the grammatical gender
      of a word in a language which inflects nouns and adjectives
      based on their gender, and the more general concept of
      anthropomorphic "gender" (such as the tendency to call ships
      "she"). Quite often, the grammatical gender does not agree
      with the expected anthropomorphic or sexual gender; for example,
      there are languages where the grammatical gender of animal
      names for both sexes are the same (usually both masculine).
      Thus, even if cities are anthropomorphized as being feminine,
      this does not entail that the grammatical gender of city names
      in inflected languages is always feminine. (For example, in
      Latin, you'll find city names which are masculine, feminine, and
      neuter in gender).

      -Aryanhwy





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