The gender of words
Have you ever thought how, when we speak about some things, how we think about them are shaped by the gender attributed to them?
Unlike English, many languages, Portuguese included, attribute a gender to inanimate objects. A study has shown that the gender attributed can effectively shape how we think about an object.
In this study, native German-speaking respondents were asked what adjectives they associate with the word for bridge (which in German is feminine), and the replies alternated between “beautiful” and “elegant”. The adjectives chosen by speakers of Spanish, where the word for bridge is masculine, included “big” and “strong”
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