Naava wrote:Does anyone know if the other female kinship terms are loan words and if there's any male loan word? I have never before noticed that mother and sister are loans but father and brother aren't. I wonder why Finnish has replaced some (and, as it seems, only female) kinship terms but not male ones. Is there some kind of historical reason or did people just think that hey, this "äiti" sounds much cooler than "emo", let's change it?
Virankannos wrote:In addition we have:
Virankannos wrote:even though Finnish doesn't differentiate between male and female in pronouns, and non-kinship nouns don't have an inherent gender or noun class, it doesn't mean that the concept of gender/sex has ever been irrelevant. Clearly, men and women are different, so differentiating between mother/father, son/daughter etc. is easy to understand.
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