There is no grammatical gender.
This is exactly the reverse of what exists in the Malay and Javanese, in which no strong aspirate begins words or syllables, but very frequently ends them.
Thus, surat, " a writing or letter," is sulat ; and to Aakayat, " a story or tale," is given the meaning of " to cajole by fine words.
From the facts now stated, it may be fair to infer that the Malays must have migrated to, and settled in the island of Madura in considerable numbers, at some remote period, intermixing with the native inhabitants, and imparting to their speech a considerable portion of their own language.
Fonologi generatif: teori dan penerapan.
In the two Philippine languages, the only generic term for "stone," is the Malay and Javanese batu, but the Tagala has fifteen express words for diff'erent kinds of stone, without reckoning four taken from the Malay and Javanese.