Date: Thu, 20 Apr 1995 16:58:23 -0700


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

(1994): 91-114.

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]

English, GN-30 (206) 685-2384

University of Washington Seattle WA 98195