Grammatical gender and its cognitive consequences

There have been many studies where it is speculated that different language speakers think of the world differently, influenced by aspects of the respective language they speak. Gender marking and its influence on cognition is an interesting area of research, especially when it comes to comparing languages that have marked grammatical gender and those that do not, taking into account that gender is arbitrary. Our mental representations of objects seem to be affected by our native languages and whether or not they are gender-marked or not, however the influence of cultural factors is debatable.

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