Re: Indo-European Studies

Whittet (
29 Jul 1995 15:10:45 GMT

In article <>, says...
>: Here's a thought: could the IE practice of associating particular genders
>: to nouns be viewed as the result of a sort of linguistic syncretism, almost
>In PIE the original distinction may have been this noun can be
>agent::this noun cannot which later became animate::inanimate.
>Femininity was indicated by a suffix -(e)A. Later animate and
>animate+A were distinguished as masc::fem.
>Once a noun acquires a gender, just as once a verb acquires
>a declension, it tends to keep it even as the language evolves.


Good thought, I like it.