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

Salikoko S. Mufwene mufw at UCHICAGO.EDU
Wed Aug 19 14:50:33 EDT 2020


Larry, one thing that prompted me to share the article with the list is 
that, according to Tlapoyawa, "Latinx" was used as a substitute for 
"Chicana" and "Chicano." My understanding is that the denotation of 
"Latinx" is now much, much more inclusive, applying to people from the 
geographical area called "Latin America." For some, that also includes 
former French colonies and current French overseas departments, as "the 
Americas" sometimes include the Caribbean islands. So, it appears to me 
that the inclusiveness of "x" in "Latinx" now also applies to diversity 
of national origins.

Another relevant fact is that you asked yesterday, if I remember well, 
whether the label applies to the Portuguese and Spanish people. The 
article does not suggest that interpretation but leads Tlapoyawa to 
deplore neocolonialism (my interpretation) in the choice of the label 
"Latin," which, from the Chevalier's perspective much earlier, includes 
not only Portugal and Spain but also France.

On 8/19/2020 10:54 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> 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.
>
> LH
>
> On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 12:14 PM Salikoko S. Mufwene <mufw at uchicago.edu>
> wrote:
>
>> 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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Salikoko S. Mufwene                    s-mufwene at uchicago.edu
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Professor, Committee on Evolutionary Biology
Professor, Committee on the Conceptual & Historical Studies of Science
Professor, Committee on African Studies
Extraordinary Professor, University of Western Cape, 2018-2021
University of Chicago                  773-702-8531; FAX 773-834-0924
Department of Linguistics
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