Ad. feminine-nouns grammar.
Feminine nouns describe female people or animals, as well as professions generally performed by women, such as a zôrî “nurse”. They invariably have a long or short i, ê or a in their final syllable, since u and ô are regarded as masculine (SD/427).
Where feminine nouns are produced by suffixion, they end in either the long vowels -î, -ê or one of the “feminine” consonants th, l, s or z (SD/427). Most feminine nouns are produced by some kind of suffixion from a masculine or common noun (SD/426, 432).
Some feminine nouns are produced from common nouns with the addition of the feminine suffix -î or its variant -ê.
Others nouns are naturally feminine, including all personal names of women.
|anī||“a female”||← anā||✧ SD/434|
|karbī||“mare”||← karab||✧ SD/434|
|rabē||“bitch”||← raba||✧ SD/434|
|urgī||“female bear, she-bear”||[← urug]||✧ SD/435|
|mîth||“baby girl, maid-child, little girl”|
References ✧ SD/426-427, 432