[lg policy] The gender-neutral pronoun: after 150 years still an epic fail

Dennis Baron debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Mon Aug 2 06:30:18 UTC 2010

There's a new post on the Web of Language:

The gender-neutral pronoun: grammatical necessity, consciousness  
raiser, and after 150 years still an epic fail

Every once in a while some concerned citizen decides to do something  
about the fact that English has no gender-neutral pronoun. They either  
call for such a pronoun to be invented, or they invent one and  
champion its adoption. Wordsmiths have been coining gender-neutral  
pronouns for a century and a half, all to no avail. Coiners of these  
new words insist that the gender-neutral pronoun is indispensable, but  
users of English stalwartly reject, ridicule, or just ignore their  

read the whole post on the Web of Language:  http://bit.ly/weblan

Dennis Baron
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English
University of Illinois
608 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

office: 217-244-0568
fax: 217-333-4321


read the Web of Language:

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