[Ads-l] Really?

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Thu Jun 4 02:53:09 UTC 2015


Facebook has a wide variety of sex and gender possibilities, something 
that I think has been announced on this list. Here's an article saying 
there are 50 genders on Facebook: http://bit.ly/1cD7cG8

Many people do not select a gender, in which case the plural pronoun is 
used.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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> Laurence Horn <mailto:laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> June 3, 2015 at 7:15 PM
>
> Sorry, I'm a Facebook virgin.  So that answers the question--it had =
> nothing to do with what kind of name "Keren" is but the "their" really =
> was a singular pronoun, for whatever reason known only to the FB pronoun =
> generator.  Interesting.
>
> LH
>
>> On Jun 3, 2015, at 9:38 PM, Geoff Nathan<an6993 at WAYNE.EDU>  wrote:
>> =20
>> And it's her birthday today, and therefore the cause of this =
> discussion (I assume). Many of us are Facebook friends of hers and =
> therefore posted on her FB page.=20
>> =20
>> Geoff=20
>> =20
>> Geoffrey S. Nathan=20
>> Faculty Liaison, C&IT=20
>> and Professor, Linguistics Program=20
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>> ----- Original Message -----
>> =20
>>> From: "Laurence Horn"<laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>>> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>>> Sent: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 8:45:17 PM
>>> Subject: Re: Really?
>> =20
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>>> Sender: American Dialect Society<ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>>> Poster: Laurence Horn<laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>>> Subject: Re: Really?
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>>> The only Keren I've ever known is Keren Rice of the U. of Toronto =3D
>>> linguistics department. She's a recent president of the LSA, my
>>> former =3D
>>> co-chair on the LSA Program Committee, and (despite being Canadian)
>>> an =3D
>>> elected fellow of the AAAS as well as a holder of various Canadian =3D
>>> hono(u)rs (cf. =
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> i_Keren-5FRice&d=3DAwICaQ&c=3D-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=3DwFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13=
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> &s=3Drg1vjQToJLCETD3sUH3ACjpVVkqJ8nmDBR_R1teJa0I&e=3D ). =3D20
>> =20
>>> Note that she takes the feminine singular pronoun.
>> =20
>>> LH
>> =20
>>>> On Jun 3, 2015, at 4:19 PM, Jonathan Lighter
>>>> <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>  =3D
>>> wrote:
>>>> =3D20
>>>> Because "Keren" could be a unisex name.
>>>> =3D20
>>>> Doesn't good grammar mean anything anymore?
>>>> =3D20
>>>> JL
>>>> =3D20
>>>> JL
>>>> =3D20
>>>> On Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 2:54 PM, Wilson Gray<hwgray at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> =3D20
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>>>>> Poster: Wilson Gray<hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
>>>>> Subject: Really?
>>>>> =3D20
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> =3D
>>> -----
>>>>> =3D20
>>>>> "47 friends posted on Keren's timeline for their birthday."
>>>>> =3D20
>>>>> =3D20
>>>>> Why did they do that, I wonder.
>>>>> =3D20
>>>>> --
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