Julie (jesuslovesbono) wrote in linguaphiles,

Celtic languages question

Are there any gender-neutral third-person singular pronouns in any Celtic language?

Thanks.
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embryomystic

May 22 2014, 07:49:09 UTC 7 months ago

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Sort of. Irish ea comes from Old Irish ed 'it' (cognate to Latin id). But it's more of a dummy pronoun, a pronoun that you use with is in the absence of an alternative.

That's definitely the case with all three Goidelic languages. Not sure about the Brythonic languages just, but I suspect they're similarly lacking. My vague recollection is that their third-person prepositional pronouns come in gendered flavours, anyway.

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