Frank (thesparque) wrote in linguaphiles,
Frank
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If you speak a language where nouns carry a grammatical gender, is there any logic behind what gender is assigned to completely new words? I'm curious about this, because the word cámara in Spanish is feminine, and uses the definite articles la and las. However, I was listening to a Daddy Yankee song where he uses the word webcam, but uses the masculine article despite it being a type of camera.

I've also noticed this elsewhere; at my workplace, there were a few items that people would refer to using the English word even when speaking Spanish, and they would become masculine in the transition. La impresora became el printer, la computadora became el computer, and so on... how does this work in your language? Because it seems like in Spanish, all new words are masculine, regardless of any other considerations. At least from what I've seen.
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