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Amerykanka
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 Message 1545 of 3740
08 April 2011 at 3:42am | IP Logged 
psy88 wrote:
Amerykanka wrote:
When you learn a new word (hubris) in your native language, English, and the first thing you think is: Is this a masculine or feminine noun? After feeling very confused for a few moments as you try to answer this question, you finally remember that English doesn't have genders.



When you already know the word "hubris" ( also spelled "hybris", by the way), but reading this makes you think, "it is a Greek word; does Greek use masculine and feminine nouns? Greek is not one of my target languages but now I am curious about it" And,you know you are a language nerd when you expect-or hope!- someone on this forum will enlighten you so you can sleep tonight and not be wondering if Greek, a non-Romance language has genders for the nouns.


Greek does have genders.
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ellasevia
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 Message 1546 of 3740
08 April 2011 at 3:43am | IP Logged 
psy88 wrote:
Amerykanka wrote:
When you learn a new word (hubris) in your native language, English, and the first thing you think is: Is this a masculine or feminine noun? After feeling very confused for a few moments as you try to answer this question, you finally remember that English doesn't have genders.



When you already know the word "hubris" ( also spelled "hybris", by the way), but reading this makes you think, "it is a Greek word; does Greek use masculine and feminine nouns? Greek is not one of my target languages but now I am curious about it" And,you know you are a language nerd when you expect-or hope!- someone on this forum will enlighten you so you can sleep tonight and not be wondering if Greek, a non-Romance language has genders for the nouns.

Wish granted: Greek not only has masculine and feminine genders, but neuter as well. In case you're wondering, masculine nouns usually end in -ος, -ας, -ης, -ες, or -(ο)υς; feminine nouns usually end in -α or -η; and neuter nouns usually end in -ο, -ι, -(ο)υ, -μα, or a consonant. But of course, then there there are the exceptions, like οδός and κρέας which are respectively feminine and neuter.

Sweet dreams!

Edited by ellasevia on 08 April 2011 at 3:55am

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FrostBlast
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 Message 1547 of 3740
08 April 2011 at 6:44am | IP Logged 
When you've read this whole damned thread over 2 weeks.

Edited by FrostBlast on 08 April 2011 at 6:48am

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Ari
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 Message 1548 of 3740
08 April 2011 at 6:52am | IP Logged 
When you read the above discussion about Greek and wonder whether any Indo-European languages other than
English have lost their genders.

When you add a "When you" to your off-topic remark just to turn this thread into a language discussion without
ostensibly going off topic.
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ellasevia
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 Message 1549 of 3740
08 April 2011 at 7:05am | IP Logged 
Ari wrote:
When you read the above discussion about Greek and wonder whether any Indo-European
languages other than English have lost their genders.

Persian and Afrikaans no longer have genders. I don't think Armenian does either.

Edited by ellasevia on 08 April 2011 at 7:08am

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mick33
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 Message 1550 of 3740
08 April 2011 at 8:09am | IP Logged 
When reading the last few posts makes me want to learn Greek.

When I sometimes think about changing my major from psychology to linguistics or perhaps psycholinguistics.
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psy88
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 Message 1551 of 3740
09 April 2011 at 2:18am | IP Logged 
Dear Amerykanka and ellasevia
Thank you both. Now I can sleep tonight.It really was on my mind. I appreciate your answers.
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 Message 1552 of 3740
09 April 2011 at 12:41pm | IP Logged 
mick33 wrote:
When reading the last few posts makes me want to learn Greek.


When reading the last couple of posts about Greek makes you even more anxious to finish your degree (in about a month) so that you have time to concentrate on Greek again.

You know you're a language nerd when your parents are discussing what to pack for their trip to America starting Monday, and they mention that they don't have enough cases. The word "case" here sounds really weird to you (and your girlfriend) who both spend lots of time studying languages, and therefore the only sense of the word "case" that makes much sense to you anymore is its use in the grammatical sense.

Jack


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