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On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 8:58 PM, R A Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Roger Mills wrote:
>>
>> AFAICT  gender assignment in most IE languages seems entirely
>> arbitrary, aside from a few that can be considered religiously or
>> mythologically based-- the moon seems to be fem., the sun masc.
>
> No, not in the Germanic langs, they're not. Modern German: _die_ Sonne,
> _der_ Mond. In Old English we have: sunne (fem.), móna (masc.).

And the Germanic and Romance words are related (Latin and Swedish even
coincide in spelling: _sol_), so presumably the Sun underwent a sex
change in one of the branches.


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Andreas Johansson

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