Eleanor Arnason, who wrote one of my favorite SF novels, A Woman of the Iron People, has written a a perfectly delightful story, which I found thanks to debco's blog (http://www.iknowiknow.org/), which has a link to the online SF mag Strange Horizons:
You need to read this story.
"The Grammarian's Five Daughters"
By Eleanor Arnason
29 March 2004