My former E-o instructor, a few yrs back, spoke of a suffix beginning to = gain popularity @ that time. It was meant to be a co-equal of "-ino" = for the female suffix. The suffix in question was "-ic^o" ("-icxo", = "-icho"), taken from the Slavic family of natlangs. My understanding = that this was a response to the objection of having neutral words be = masculine, and only adding suffixes to denote the feminine gender. The = other possibility was, of course, the prefix "viro-". To answer, though I am not the expert, I took this to mean that "-ic", = "-itch", and similar forms in the Slavic family were meant as male = suffixes, at least in names... -michjo [log in to unmask] http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/4745/ ---------- From: James Chandler[SMTP:[log in to unmask]] Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 1997 7:09 AM To: Multiple recipients of list AUXLANG Subject: search for a male suffix Does anyone know of any European language which uses a suffix to denote the male being? There are plenty of female suffixes about, but from the fact that Ido has taken -ul-, I am given to conclude that there is no a posteriori choice available. More widely, has anyone come across a male suffix in any natural language? Thanks, James Chandler.