[Ads-l] Can We Please Stop Using =?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=98Latinx=E2=80=99=3F_?=Thanx. | by Kurly Tlapoyawa | Human Parts

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Aug 19 17:54:52 UTC 2020

With respect to Sali, it should be stressed that (as he notes) the point of
the Medium piece linked to is not at all connected with that of the ADS
thread. The former is an objection to the "Latin" part of "Latinx" on
etymological grounds, not to the "x" part, which was the focus of the ADS
thread. (Nobody in that thread was discussing attitudes toward "Latino" and
"Latina", just attitudes toward "Latinx".)  Indeed, the subhead notes the
importance of gender inclusivity. Whether Tlapoyawa's objection to the
"Latin-" forms is well-taken or not depends on your attitude toward what
Mill called the etymological fallacy.


On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 12:14 PM Salikoko S. Mufwene <mufw at uchicago.edu>

> I find this Medium article so relevant to the discussion yesterday about
> "Latinx," though its focus is not the same as that on the ADS List.
> https://humanparts.medium.com/can-we-please-stop-using-latinx-thanx-423ac92a87dc
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