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>are there NATLANGS, besides English, that use pronouns thus:
>"he", etc. = male humans/animals
>"she", etc. = female humans/animals
>"it," etc = all inanimate things (and, sometimes, babies of indeterminate
>sex)
>

Yes, in fact there are (actually) Germanic languages, which use somewhat the same distinctions as English :-)

Those are the Scandinavian dialects, many of which go even further than the English distinctions.

Let's take a look at the Scandinavian dialect 'Rigsdansk', which is the official dialect of Denmark
"he" = "han" - always male human
"she" = "hun" - always female human
"it" = "den" - *
"it" = "det" - **
"they" = "de" - plural

* Now, explaining the pronoun "den" is a bit tricky:
§1.1 "den" can be used in formal sentences concerning and regarding one human
Ex1
/ "den", der går sidst, skal låse efter sig /
\ "the person", that is the last one to leave, must lock up \

§1.2 "den" is never really used, when refering to one specific human

§2 "den" can be used concerning and regarding one nonhuman animal

§3 "den" must always be used, when refering to a noun in 'common gender'
Ex3
/bogen: "den" ligger på bordet/
\the book: "it" is on the table\


** And, explaining the pronoun "det" is also a bit tricky:
§4 "det" can be used concerning and regarding one nonliving thing

§5 "det" must always be used, when refering to a noun in 'neutral gender'


Further more, many attempts have been made throughout Scandinavia to construct and to introduce
a gender inclusive pronoun regarding and concerning one human
"hen" is a Swedish suggestion;
"høn" is a Danish suggestion.

Of course, to complicate the matter even further, there are a few Scandinavian dialects, which still use -
what one might call - the classical three Germanic grammatical genders.
And then there is the dialect of Western Jutland, that has some completely idiosyncratic distinctions ;-)


>
>i am really hard-pressed to come up with more languages that work in
>exactly this way. most of the languages i am familiar with have a
>masculine/feminine distinction that spills over into the inanimate realm
>(Romance, Semitic);
>
>and then there are languages that *have* the tripartite gender distinction
>in their morphologies (with neuter), but inanimate objects are not
>inherently neuter, and are often masc. or fem. (Greek, Latin, German,
>Russian);
>
>and then there are some languages that don't distinguish grammatical gender
>at all (Turkish, Persian);
>
>but none of these resemble English in the way that i am asking about!
>
>[[i am mainly interested in non-Germanic languages (i suppose the English
>case is also the case dialectically in at least German and Dutch), but if
>you've got Germanic examples lemme hear 'em.]]
>
>are there any CONLANGS that handle things in a way similar to English?
>
>thanks!
>matt