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> On Mon, 25 Dec 2000, abrigon wrote:
>
> > Maybe a way to define a neutral gender, other than to use the
> > normally masculine He. Maybe a new word needs to be used?
> >
> > Anyone know the rules of how a lingo shifts? Or other ideas.
> >
> > He=masculine
> > She=Feminine
> > Je=Neutral
> >
> > Or what?
> >
> > Mike
>
> It's already happened, despite my best efforts to tstop it among my
> students:
>
> he= masculine
> she= feminine
> they= neutral

Why stop it? It was normal until the 18th century, when prescriptivists
decided that a single grammar ought to work for both English and Latin, and
so tried telling everyone that singular 'they' was wrong. I like to think of
it as teh original English langauge re-asserting itself.

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Fabian
Ikun li dik il-kitba tpatti it-tieba ta' qalb ta' patruni tieghi.
Ikun li ttaffi ugigh tal-Mitlufin u tal-Indannati.
Ikun li ilkoll li jaqraw il-kitba, qalbhom ihobbu is-Sewwa u l-Unur.
U b'dak l'ghamil, nithallas tax-xoghol iebes.