June 7th, 2010

Help with some Portugese

I just have a few questions about some Portuguese stuff, I only have experience with Spanish, and I want to be sure what I have is accurate.

That thee word for fox in Portuguese is 'raposa', and that, like in Spanish, ending in 'a' indicates a feminine subject, or if it something different. I have also seen 'megera' as a translation for 'vixen', is this correct?

That the word for small in Portuguese is 'pouco' and if there is an ending you add to words to indicate that something is very small, like the '-ito' ending in Spanish.

Also, would any of the words be different if it were the Brazilian dialect of Portuguese?
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Feminist languages?

Just out of curiousity - are there langauges that the default is feminine?  Every gendered language I know or know anything about has masculine as the default.  Meaning things are only conjugated feminine if there's indeed a reason.  Otherwise everything's masculine.

Edit: One commentor was able to better phrase my question for me:

Is there a language where the unmarked gender is the one otherwise associated with the feminine?
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"Camped"?

In Ernest Hemingway's short story "Up in Michigan", the author describes the feelings of the main character after being raped:
she was so uncomfortable and camped

Now, from the context of the situation being described, I sort of understand the meaning of "camped" here, but what is the exact definition? I can't seem to find anything in online dictionaries.