miconazole (miconazole) wrote in linguaphiles,

Use of neuter pronouns

So a friend and I were discussing pronouns (I was trying to convince her of the greatness of singular "they") when the topic drifted to the use of neuter pronouns. Basically she thought it was cool to have a neuter gender since you could use it to refer to people of unknown gender, or to yourself if you wanted to conceal your gender, or you were genderqueer or something. But it seems to me grammatical gender is just... grammatical, and it'd just be weird to go around referring to yourself in the neuter in any language, which isn't to say it wouldn't make a neat feature in a conlang. But really, neither of us have a clue what we're talking about. Do neuter pronouns actually get used this way in any language?

PS This is probably the most times I have ever used the word "gender" in a paragraph.

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