> 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. --- 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.