The Gender Bender 15th October 2017 Mysteria Linguarum 4 Comments Post navigation Previous Previous post: Freedom is a State of MindNext Next post: The Foreign Language Eavesdropper 4 Comments J 15th October 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply Proto-Indo-European, Ancient Greek, Sanskrit, and Slavic languages have three genders. It’s French and German who are weirdos for losing morphologically-based gender. And gender just means KIND, it’s not sex. Gender in grammar is just another system of noun phrase concord. tXc Post author 15th October 2017 at 8:54 pm Reply Yep, natural sex doesn’t always correlate with grammatical sex, as previously stated. Although present in many languages, it’s a source of confusion for English natives when they attempt to learn other languages with genders. Frank 17th October 2017 at 12:40 am Reply That’s because with very few exceptions, gramatical gender and natural (or apparent) sex line up rather nicely. Frank Harr 22nd November 2018 at 10:18 pm Reply It’s the Romance languages that are weird. Latin has a neuter. I don’t know what if any Celtic languages had a neuter. I was in German class and said “Der” something or other. The teacher then immediately launched in to a concice but wonderfully complete explanation of how you use the German four case system. At the end she asked if I had any questions. I asked ,,So das Wort [whatever it was] ist nicht Weiblich?”. She took a beat and simply moved on. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me by email when the comment gets approved. Notify me of follow-up comments. You can also subscribe here to receive updates without commenting.