Patrick C. Ryan
proto-language at email.msn.com
Fri Feb 5 21:45:55 UTC 1999
Dear Miguel, Sho, and IEists:
From: Miguel Carrasquer Vidal <mcv at wxs.nl>
Date: Friday, February 05, 1999 11:24 AM
>Sho Sakuma <sean at lares.dti.ne.jp> wrote:
>This use of different classifiers with different nouns is indeed
>similar to the concept of "gender" (animate/inanimate,
>masculine/feminine) or "noun classes" (Bantu being the best known
>example). I don't think there's a meaningful answer as to why
>languages do this. Some do, some don't.
I think the answer is very simply that classifiers and gender are simple
vocabulary building processes.
Without IE -*H(1)a, a completely new word for 'queen' would have had to have
been invented in Latin.
[ Moderator's query:
Do you mean the a-coloring laryngeal, or the e/non-coloring laryngeal, above?
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