The sun is trying to come out, I have laundry on my list of things to do and we may on go see District 9 later this afternoon.
I have to throw in a reminder about the upcoming Book Bloggers Appreciation Week taking place September 14-18, 2009. This event is an opportunity to come together with other people who blog about literacy, books and authors, celebrate this wonderful community and show your appreciation for all the hard work that goes into each and every one of these blogs. Thanks to Amy and all the volunteers for organizing this event.
As for reading this week I finished my first book for the random reading challenge, am almost through The Part About the Crimes for the 2666 read-along and have started a book called Biting The Wax Tadpole: Confessions of a Language Fanatic by Elizabeth Little.
Noun class extend well beyond a feminine/masculine distinction. Linguists speculate that Proto-Indo-European originally distinguished between animate and inanimate, and only later did the animate class separate out into masculine and feminine nouns. Many other languages, including Bengali and Hittite, distinguish between living creatures and inanimate objects. Ojibwe, an Algonquin language, also separates animate from inanimate nouns, but in Ojibwe, “animate” doesn’t mean what you might expect it to. A stone, for instance, is classed as animate. So too are tobacco, money, and bread. Page 48/49
Very interesting if you like languages and wonder about the theory that our native language shapes the way we think. It is also very funny.
I hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy what ever books you are reading! If you are interested in finding out about Sunday Salon please visit this link.