A showdown is looming between Spain’s conservative language academy and its newly elected socialist government over proposals to rewrite the nation’s constitution using gender-neutral language
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- Masculine, feminist or neutral? The language battle that has split Spain
- Stephen Burgen
- Jan 19 2020
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Languages such as Spanish and Portuguese (my native language) are so gendered that changes like that are far from trivial. Here are some things that are gendered in Portuguese (and Spanish is very similar):
Our entire grammars revolve around gender, so a switch to gender neutral requires a profound change in the idiom. I'm not saying this shouldn't be done, but this will take a lot more work than speakers of less gendered languages might realize.
Yep. It's the same in hebrew, except even worse: all verbs have to make gender agreement too.
That is interesting.
I support making languages gender neutral, but for some it will take a lot more work. And, even if we manage to do so, new generations might lose the ability to understand older texts. It's a complex proposition.