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. -- Andreas Johansson Why can't you be a non-conformist just like everybody else?