Re: Inclusive Language, Hungarian

Thu, 17 Nov 1994 20:40:12 -0500

Adrian Tanner raises the spectre of Iroquoian. The Northern Iroquoian
languages have a number of 3rd-person pronominal prefixes, distinguishing
(in various combinations) number (singular, dual, and plural), gender
(neuter, zoic, feminine, masculine, and indefinite), and agent/patient.
Neuter refers to inanimate objects, zoic to animals, masculine to male
humans or mixed groups (usually), and indefinite I like to think of as
unmarked for either gender or number. The category 'feminine
[oops!]' is actually covered by zoic and indefinite, although each
language varies slightly in how individual female humans get assigned
to each category.

-Pat Crowe, SUNY at Buffalo
"Iroquoian now hiring; linguistic rules need not apply"