natural gender


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natural gender

n
(Linguistics) grammatical gender that reflects, as in English, the sex or animacy of the referent of a noun rather than the form or any other feature of the word
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Instead of addressing this core issue, rights activists are hell bent on changing the natural gender roles.
Ideas about natural gender differences are often unintentionally taken into routine and everyday preschool situations.
Also looking at childhood noun gender accuracy, Seigneuric, Zagar, Meunier, and Spinelli (2007) found that while gender allocation is based upon (i) cues presented in word endings and (ii) semantic cues based on the natural gender of animate items, even very young children were able to allocate genders based on a word's final-letter grouping, a skill which increased with age.