Dec 2, 2021 • 25M

EPISODE 7: When Nouns Grew Genitals

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss what it means for language to have gender.

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Languages all across the world have what’s called grammatical gender, which means simply that nouns get divided up into different categories or “classes.” Sometimes those categories are called masculine and feminine, like in Spanish, although for other languages the categories have nothing at all to do with natural gender or biological sex. In the first…

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