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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).