Posts Tagged ‘Indo-European’

Linguistic Male Nipples


Defining Creole by John H. McWhorter contains a chapter on grammatical gender in English that asks many questions about how English came to be so different than most other Indo-European languages and dialects in its lack of grammatical gender. Especially memorable is his use of this phrase, “lingusitic male nipples” to describe grammatical gender (although he borrows this from another scholar, Roger Lass).


Grammatical Gender in Indo-European languages


The History of English (Scott Shay) has a very readable overview of grammatical gender, and other grammatical concepts, in the Indo-European language and its modern descendents such as English and German. See page 19.