anglos think a language having no gendered pronouns is some kind of a mind-blowing revelation instead of the standard for the vast majority of languages

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a native english speaker writing a scifi novel: this alien species has no gendered pronouns at all!! imagine that

me: yea... imagine...

@esvrld "Gender distinctions in third-person non-singular only" hello ladies

@esvrld It's a weirdly widespread feature for such a rare one; normally rare features like that cluster into a few language families rather than being spread throughout the whole world.
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@esvrld meanwhile I’m sitting here with my fantasy world where dwarves have gendered pronouns only for pregnant women, elves have hierarchical pronouns, orcs use gendered pronouns as a sign of familiarity, and humans have three grammatical genders - masculine, feminine, and horse.

@esvrld ah the classic scifi trope of Whole-Ass Species Speaks One Single Unified Language

@esvrld lmao immediately thinking of an episode in the original Star Trek where they say that having binary genders exclusively is a universal concept despite the fact that it isn’t even universal on our own planet

@esvrld tbh a lot of sci-fi with aliens are just boring because they're just modified humans and something barely modified earth species.

Like come on, catgirls aren't sci-fi, it's folklore. *gets reminded that USA outside of natives have none* Ah, that explains a lot.

@eletrotupi @esvrld I don't know if it's even listed, but if it is, Brazilian Portuguese is listed as having gendered pronouns in the third person singular only. Isn't that accurate?

@esvrld@octodon.social We have gendered nouns, adjectives, verbs and numerals. It's... weird.

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