On Sat, 2010-06-12 at 12:22 -0700, Gary Shannon wrote: > But before I just arbitrarily pick a handful of classes, I would be > interested in looking over other class systems used by other natlangs > and conlangs. I've glanced briefly at the 22 classes in the Bantu > family, but I was wondering if there is a good list anywhere of noun > classes in various natlangs. Corbett's Gender doesn't attempt a comprehensive list, but mentions contrasts such as Animate / Inanimate Rational / Non-rational Human / Non-human Male / Female Large / Small Shiny / Matt Edible / Inedible Concrete / Abstract Liquid / Solid Sometimes there's no discernible pattern, as in Archi genders III and IV. Domestic animals are II, but their young are IV. Large wild animals are III, but small ones are IV unless they're insects. Liquids, including water, are IV, but bodies and states of water are III.