Sapir-Whorf and romance languages

Marsha Quinlan (C633902@MIZZOU1.MISSOURI.EDU)
Tue, 3 Jan 1995 19:38:39 CST

Carter Pate offered an interesting (to me anyway) testable hypothesis:
do monolingual speakers of languages with almost no genderless 3rd
person pronouns which are genderless (e.g., Romance Languages) offer more resis
tance to unisexing rights, priviledges, etc., than monolingual speakers of lang
uages with almost no gendered pronouns?

Are there any linguists who care to respond to this?

The idea is intuitively pleasing to me as visions of the typical hispanic macho
come to mind. Yet, do we not need to address both overt and covert language,
just as we examine overt and covert rights? How could one test such a thing?