Date: Thu, 20 Apr 1995 16:58:23 -0700
From: Gail Stygall stygall[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Subject: Re: Inclusive Language
Tim (and Bethany):
I've just come off a quarter of teaching Language and Gender. On the
issue of inclusive language, I still think the Francine Frank and Paula
Treichler _Language, Gender, and Professional Language_ (MLA, 1989) is
the most thorough treatment of common problems and solutions. But see also
Erlich, Susan and Ruth King. "Feminist Meanings and Sexist Speech
Communities." _Proceedings of 2nd Berkeley Women & Lang. Conf.
Eds. Kira Hall, Mary Bucholtz, and Birch Moonwoman. Berkeley:
Women & Lang. Group, U of California, 1992. 100-107.
Greene, Kathryn and Donald L. Rubin. "Effects of Gender Inclusive/
Exclusive Language in Religious Discourse." _Journal of
Language and Social Psychology_ 10.2 (1991): 81-98.
Miller, Casey and Kate Swift. _The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing_.
2nd ed. (NY: Harper, 1988).
Mitchell, Felicia. "College English Handbooks and Pronomial Usage
Guidelines: Mixed Reactions to Nonsexist Language." _Women
and Language_ 15 (1992): 37-42.
Rubin, Donald L., Kathryn Greene, and Deidra Schneider. "Adopting
Gender-Inclusive Language Reforms: Diachronic and Synchronic
Variation." _Journal of Language and Social Psychology_ 13.2
And Deborah Cameron's revised edition of _Feminism and Linguistic Theory_
(2nd ed., NY: St. Martin's, 1990) has some discussion of the "politics"
of insisting on inclusive language. I would be interested in knowing of
other citations on the subject, as I will teach the course again next spring.
Gail Stygall stygall[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]u.washington.edu
English, GN-30 (206) 685-2384
University of Washington Seattle WA 98195