[Ads-l] Gender-neutral pronouns was :Mx to be sanctified by the OED

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon May 11 14:53:45 UTC 2015


> On May 11, 2015, at 10:35 AM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
> 
> Can someone define, and provide etymology

and pronunciation guides?
I'm hoping the "x" in the first group has the same value it has in the Xhosa consonantal inventory, as a lateral click (more or less the sound an equestrian makes to render "giddy-up").

Safe prediction: These options will ultimately end up as three more versions of what Dennis Baron calls "The Word That Failed"

--LH, who's perfectly happy with they/them/their (unmarked for number)

> for, these pronouns for this naïveté?  Are they simply gender-neutral?
> Joel
>      From: Amy West <medievalist at W-STS.COM>
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
> Sent: Monday, May 11, 2015 8:06 AM
> Subject: [ADS-L] Gender-neutral pronouns was :Mx to be sanctified by the OED
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> 
> In January I was at Arisia, a Boston fan-run SF con and they had pronoun 
> ribbons for attendees/members to wear attached to their badges: In 
> addition to the male/female singular (he/him/his; she/her/hers) and 
> plural options (they/them/theirs) there were:
> 
> xe/xem/xyrs
> ey/em/eirs
> ze/zir/zirs
> 
> ---Amy West
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