> In his book _Gender_, Greville Corbett says that there is no clear > correlation between grammatical gender systems and sex roles in > human societies. I'll seek out the book to read, but I seldom take one person's assertions as universally true. As to the relationships between social gender and natlangs, I dislike the ultra-feminist view (i.e. all men are forever out to oppress women in any & every way) but am willing to entertain the idea that classes, in a language which already has them, can shift to reflect a male bias. Q: Am I the only one who perceives professional linguists as prone to grab onto an idea and run it to its extreme? (e.g. Sapir-Wohrf hypothesis)?