[lg policy] Germans try to get their tongues around gender-neutral language

Dave Sayers dave.sayers at CANTAB.NET
Tue Mar 25 14:05:51 UTC 2014

"Der, die or das? For centuries, the seemingly arbitrary allocation of masculine, 
feminine and neutral gender articles in German has driven non-native speakers to 
despair. "In German, a young lady has no sex, while a turnip has," the American 
writer Mark Twain once complained. "Think what overwrought reverence that shows for 
the turnip, and what callous disrespect for the girl."

But hope may finally be in sight. Changing attitudes to gender are increasingly 
transforming the German language, and some theorists argue that scrapping the 
gendered articles altogether may be the most logical outcome."

More here: http://goo.gl/h7pH0n


Dr. Dave Sayers
Senior Lecturer, Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Honorary Research Fellow, Arts & Humanities, Swansea University, UK
dave.sayers at cantab.net | http://swansea.academia.edu/DaveSayers

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