And we can also show that it is aspects of language per se that shape how people think: teaching English speakers new grammatical gender
systems influences mental representations of objects in the same way it does with German and Spanish speakers.
As hopefully demonstrated here, the decline of grammatical gender
, a characteristic of the English language exploited in the poetic conceptualization of the world has turned into a source of fascinating image-building opportunity for Anglo-American authors and has resulted in the emergence of flexible personification gestalts that constitute a distinguishing feature of their poetry.
seems to be a promising subject for all of the researchers who support Whorfs hypothesis and, in fact, there is a number of studies conducted to determine whether grammatical gender
(or the lack of it) has any influence on perception and conceptualization.
is assigned in different ways depending on the linguistic system.
Spanning a period from birth to age 10;0, it explores the emergence of gender identification, grammatical gender
(intrinsic to Spanish), differentiated female-male behaviors and roles, and the speech styles appropriate to her sense of self as a female.
is not present in Tupian languages, but Karo and Munduruku do have classifiers that take part in agreement systems.
The purpose of the current paper is to investigate possible remnants of a grammatical gender
system found in the Orkney and Shetland dialects of Scots.
Their reliance on the information provided by the determiner in classifying nouns according to gender is indicative that parsing is instrumental to the identification of the possible values (masculine and feminine) grammatical gender
can assume in the language.
focused on the intersection of grammatical gender
with social gender" (TAMC Revised, xxvi.
seemingly effortless and flawless acquisition of grammatical gender
by native speakers of French' (2007, p.
Processing grammatical gender
during language comprehension.
This would be due to the fact that numeric features are easier to acquire than gender ones as they mark semantically a prominent distinction (one versus many), whereas grammatical gender
concord is almost always semantically empty (Lipski 2006a).
So there can not be any accusative in Uralic languages in which the category of grammatical gender
In languages with grammatical gender
, it has been observed that what is apparently a single "word" can occur in forms representing different genders.
Old English, for instance, had grammatical gender
, like Spanish or French, but within a hundred years of the Norman Conquest all inanimate nouns became, simply, "it.