On 5/6/10 2:55 PM, Jim Henry wrote: > I have another conlang, still too sketchy to publish, which has a noun > class system; I suspect that when I get back to work on it, some > phenomena of this kind will develop. It has an > animate/inanimate/intangible class system; I'm not sure yet what words > are going to lack an expected hypernym or have unexpected polysemy > because of the constraints of this system. Maybe the animate word for > "person" refers to ghosts as well as living people, though > primariliy/usually the latter? And there's a separate word for > "ghost" in the intangible class, but talking about people in general > one would use the animate word in a broad sense rather than > "living.people and ghosts"? I have a sketch for one that has 3 human classes (male, female, mixed/unknown), 3 animal (same as human), plants, inanimate, & actions (verbal nouns).