Grammatical/Word Gender

Grammatical gender, or word gender, refers to words that can be altered to conform to the gender of the person the words are describing. This is present in all languages to some degree, such as adding an 'e' to the end of the word "fiancé" to specify it is referring to a woman in the English language. Studies have been conducted to measure the effects of word gender on categorization. In one set of studies involving speakers of different languages, results indicated that the participants who were able to make use of word gender had an easier time classifying objects.