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 24 2014, 12:41:02 UTC 7 months ago

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No, for grammatical reasons. My brain is not working just now (had to get up mind-numbingly early to catch a train), so I'm not sure I can explain coherently, but basically, is can't be all by itself, it needs a pronoun. And while there are certain contexts where a gendered 3p pronoun will do, there are others where you can't/don't, and ea is used instead. It's not used as the subject/object of any other verb (though is is really the copula, and not a verb like other verbs that verb.

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