Do Native Welsh speakers still use grammatical gender?
To what extent do young Welsh speakers in Welsh speaking areas, in say, Gwynedd, still use grammatical gender? Is it being dropped by younger generations or is it in full use?
The reason why I ask this is because I know a few Welsh speakers from Carmarthenshire, one a student aged twenty and another aged 50 +/- and neither of them seemed to know the difference between 'dau' and 'dwy' (the masculine and femine words for 'two', respectively.) It could be that neither of them are native speakers which is highly plausible, since Carmarthenshire hasn't had a majority of its children speaking Welsh at home since the 1960s, but I wonder what the situation is like Grammar wise in areas which are very Welsh speaking today, like Caernarfon etc?
Well I went through all Welsh education. I remember in school it was a common mistake people made. Teachers used to go crazy hahaah It was really important in school to use it correctly, especially for exams and coursework. I also think a lot of sentences sound "wrong" if you use it incorrectly. But I would say gender is a definitely a big part of the language. ._. So it's still pretty much in full use in my experience.
Yes, they do, but they are not usually too fussed if somebody gets it wrong.
Lots of Welsh speakers in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, and all the youngsters do some Welsh at school even if they are not taught through the medium of Welsh.