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On Sunday, May 23, 2010 4:44 PM, Kjell Rehnström <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Isaac Penziev skrev:
>> I'm afraid you are prejudiced here. Hungarian and Armenian (pretty
>> pro-European langs) have no gender distinction, but nobody suspects them
>> in mistreating women :P
>
> Very good point. As I have suggested before different languages use
> different strategies to treat gender. In some language they try to create
> special feminine forms à la "Madame la ministre" or abandoning feminine
> versions of masculine nouns, like Swedish where you have lärarinna =
> female teacher so the only word for both male and female teachers is
> "lärare" (the masculine form). On the other hand there are also male
> nurses, even if they have a feminine form in Swedish.
>
> In some languges sometimes the feminine noun denotes a somewhat other kind
> of profession than the masculine form...

Exactly. Both Hungarian and Armenian have special suffixes (-nő and -uhi,
resp.) to denote feminine noun if necessary, but plain nouns are genderless.
We need to research more non-IE langs in order to understand better the way
the language works.

Salutojn,
-- Yitzik