Gender switch between West and North Germanic

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Maybe there was no original gender. Many modern languages have productive processes of word derivation that are not specific to gender. For example, Dutch -schap can be both feminine and neuter, and different words that are derived with it have different genders. gemeenschap is feminine gender while gereedschap is neuter.

CodeCat21:24, 27 February 2013