gender and Grammar

Dominik Wujastyk ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK
Wed Apr 8 14:28:42 UTC 1998

There's a delightful and (deliberately?) very funny discussion of
grammatical gender in Patanjali's Mahabhasya.  It's a very long time since
I read it, but I recall him arguing that something is feminine in
grammatical gender as long as it has breasts and long hair.  But why are
these features not seen in a bed (kha.tvaa, f.).  Answer: they are
present, but are invisible.  :-)

I've always slept more contentedly since reading that argument.

All the best,

Dr Dominik Wujastyk,                FAX:        +44 171 611 8545
Wellcome Institute for              URL:
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