gender voice variants

Patrick patrick at
Tue Dec 18 06:43:44 CET 2012

 >From: "Phillips, Addison" <addison at>

 >It doesn't sound like a valid use to me: it's not a language variation.

What about languages distinguishing between female and male speech such 
as, apparently, Yanyuwa in Australia? Or Japanese onnarashii (女らしい), 
aka speech for ladies?

If Wikipedia is to be trusted, in Yanyuwa "The little boy went down to 
the river and saw his brother"

is said "nya-buyi nya-ardu kiwa-wingka waykaliya wulangindu kanyilu-kala 
nyikunya-baba" by a women

but "buyi ardu ka-wingka waykaliya wulangindu kila-kala nyiku-baba" by a 

Not that there is great demand for Yanyuwa...

P. A.

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