Natural Gender

Some articles on natural gender, gender, natural:

Grammatical Gender - Auxiliary and Constructed Languages
... Many constructed languages have natural gender systems similar to that of English ... Animate nouns can have distinct forms reflecting natural gender, and personal pronouns are selected according to natural gender ... There is no gender agreement on modifiers ...
Gender In English - Modern English - Personal Pronouns
... The third-person singular personal pronouns are chosen according to the natural gender of their antecedent or referent ... Note that pronoun agreement is often with the natural gender of the referent (the person or thing denoted) rather than simply the antecedent (a noun or noun phrase which the pronoun replaces) ... doctor in question, as the phrase the doctor (the antecedent) does not itself have any specific natural gender ...
Types and Forms of Personal Pronouns - Gender
... may differ depending on the grammatical gender or natural gender of their antecedent or referent ... This is an example of pronoun selection based on natural gender many languages also have selection based on grammatical gender (as in French, where the pronouns il and elle are used with masculine and feminine ... Sometimes natural and grammatical gender do not coincide, as with the German noun M├Ądchen ("girl"), which is grammatically neuter but naturally feminine either neuter or feminine pronouns may then be used ...

Famous quotes containing the words gender and/or natural:

    ... lynching was ... a woman’s issue: it had as much to do with ideas of gender as it had with race.
    Paula Giddings (b. 1948)

    Doubtless, we are as slow to conceive of Paradise as of Heaven, of a perfect natural as of a perfect spiritual world. We see how past ages have loitered and erred. “Is perhaps our generation free from irrationality and error? Have we perhaps reached now the summit of human wisdom, and need no more to look out for mental or physical improvement?” Undoubtedly, we are never so visionary as to be prepared for what the next hour may bring forth.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)