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On Mon, 22 May 2000, Marcus Smith wrote:

> If I remember right, animates were split between Gender 1 and Gender 2.  Most
> birds are 2 but some are 1, most insects are 1 but some are 2, etc.  Quite
> interesting.

Most animals were in Gender 1, but they could be moved into other
categories based on associations or special kinds of
markedness.  Dangerous animals often ended up in gender 2 with women and
fire; hence, the title of one of George Lakoff's majora opera, _Women,
Fire, and Dangerous Things_.

Ed