[Ads-l] First-ever court-ordered pronoun?

Salikoko S. Mufwene s-mufwene at UCHICAGO.EDU
Sat Mar 7 14:55:35 UTC 2015

Thanks, Ben.


On 3/7/2015 8:37 AM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 11:23 PM, Salikoko S. Mufwene wrote:
> [ https://illinois.edu/blog/view/25/136599 ]
>> Unless I read the blog too fast, I think Dennis does not discuss the
>> problem with the emphatic/reflexive form when /them/ has a singular
>> referent. Should it be /themself/, as I recently heard somebody say on
>> the radio, or /themselves/?
> Stan Carey has written eloquently in support of "themself":
> https://stancarey.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/reflecting-on-the-reflexive-pronoun-themself/
> https://stancarey.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/the-unsung-value-of-singular-themself/
> --bgz

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