Ms.,Mrs. and Miss in American English corpora

Juliane Schwarz js-bham at GMX.NET
Wed Mar 6 18:15:38 UTC 2002

dear galey modan,

i would love to get the data. i'm a postgrad student in the linguistics
department at lancaster university. i'm doing research on non-sexist language
reform: how it is perceived now (30 years later). ms is one of the more
controversial things - as you might guess.

thanks a lot


> I just had my students to a project on Ms, Mrs., and Miss, where they each
> asked 4 people what they thought the terms meant.  It was just a class
> project, but if anyone's interested in the difference in meaning (not what
> the original request was for, I realize), I can send the compiled data,
> which is pretty interesting -- 21 different definitions for 'Ms.!
> Galey Modan

Second International Gender and Language Association

Juliane Schwarz

Department of Linguistics
and MEL
Bowland College
Lancaster University
UK at


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