gender voice variants

Yury Tarasievich yury.tarasievich at
Thu Dec 20 06:39:57 CET 2012

Lest it creates a confusion: Slavic languages 
actually have three "classes" of entities 
(genera? In Russian the singular for this is 
"род"). Every *use* of noun, pronoun, adjective 
and verb in a text (written or spoken) falls 
into one of these "classes".

*Each* noun or pronoun have forms ("may be 
actually used") in all of the classes, or only 
in some of those. The forms of adjectives and 
verbs follow the forms of the objects these 
relate to ("ruling/controlling word").

All said, Slavic languages do not have "gender 
speech" or similars. The closest thing is the 
(universal?) notion of "style of text/speech" 
("стиль текста/речи"), which essentially 
pertains to the set of words, phrases and 
concepts being used ("scientific style", 
"publicistic style" etc.)


On 12/19/2012 10:48 PM, Milos Rancic wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 8:29 PM, Broome, Karen <Karen.Broome at> wrote:
>> I should maybe note that almost all Czech words have three forms depending on gender (there is neutral too).
> Not just Czech. All Slavic languages (Russian, Ukrainian, Polish etc.;
> circa ~500 millions of speakers) have clear distinction between
> masculine, feminine and neuter genders.

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