"Junges Girl mit Mama und Papa" [NT]

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sat Nov 6 22:07:59 UTC 2010

On 11/6/2010 12:07 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> At 12:02 PM -0400 11/6/10, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> --
>> -Wilson
>> ---
> Curiously, with neuter gender marking on the article, presumably
> because "Girl" inherits the feature from "Maedchen", which is neuter
> because of the diminutive suffix.
> Was this a caption, Wilson?

Leo on-line dictionaries (e.g.) show the German word "das Girl"
(English: "girl"). Also "das Callgirl" and "das Pin-Up-Girl".

[Japanese has not only "gaaru" = "girl" (also "chiagaaru" = "[female]
cheerleader", etc., etc.) but also "gyaru" = "gal". No grammatical
genders though.]

-- Doug Wilson

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list