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Routledge Enyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning, 2nd Edition by Adelheid Hu, Michael Byram

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Gender in language

The term gender, in the phrase ‘Gender in language’, may refer either to gender in the social sense (it is used in this way in the entry on ‘gender and language learning’), or to gender as a characteristic of language as an abstract system. It is this latter sense in which it is used here, to refer to a grammatical category.

Traditionally, languages have been described as having either ‘natural’ or ‘grammatical’ gender. Natural gender is ‘semantic’. A language with natural gender requires that the gender of an animate noun or pronoun corresponds to the biological sex of the person or animal to which that noun refers. In this way, woman and girl in present-day English are feminine nouns, and she and her are feminine pronouns. ...

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