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Old Albic has a two-tiered system of four genders.  On the first tier,
there is a distinction between animate and inanimate nouns.  Most nouns
go to the class one would expect, but there are some "metaphorical"
animates, such as celestial bodies and some abstract nouns.  Inanimate
nouns have a defective case paradigm, as some grammatical roles require
animacy.  The animate class is then subdivided into masculine, feminine
and common, again following the semantics with a few exceptions (e.g.,
'Sky' and 'Moon' are masculine; 'Earth' and 'Sun' are feminine).  Nouns
for professions, animal species, etc., exist in masculine, feminine and
common forms, the latter used to speak of the relevant class of beings
without referring to a specific sex.

For the Macaronesian branch of the Albic family, I am considering
adding yet another tier to the noun class system, with distinctions
similar to the ones found in some African languages, in the animate
class crossing across the masculine/feminine/common distinctions (as
in Dana's system), but it is not worked out yet.

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