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What's Your Pronoun? : : Beyond he & she

Baron, Dennis E. Book - 2020 425.55 Ba, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Social Science / Gender Studies / Baron, Dennis E. 1 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 0 out of 5

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The missing word -- The politics of he -- The words that failed -- Queering the pronoun -- The missing word is they.
"The story of how we got from he and she to zie and hir and singular they. Like trigger warnings and gender-neutral bathrooms, pronouns are suddenly sparking debate, prompting new policies in schools, workplaces, even prisons, about what pronouns to use. Colleges ask students to declare their pronouns; corporate conferences print nametags with space for people to add their pronouns; email signatures sport pronouns along with names and titles. Far more than a byproduct of campus politics or culture wars, gender-neutral pronouns are in fact nothing new. Renowned linguist Dennis Baron puts them in historical context, demonstrating that Shakespeare used singular they; that women evoked the generic use of he to assert the right to vote (while those opposed to women's rights invoked the same word to assert that he did not include she), and that self-appointed language experts have been coining new gender pronouns, not just hir and zie but hundreds more, like thon, ip, and em, for centuries. Based on Baron's own empirical research, What's Your Pronoun? tells the untold story of gender-neutral and nonbinary pronouns"-- Provided by publisher.

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PUBLISHED
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2020]
Year Published: 2020
Description: 283 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9781631496042
1631496042

SUBJECTS
English language -- Pronoun.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Pronoun.
English language -- Gender.
Gender-nonconforming people -- Language.
Linguistic change.
Anthropological linguistics.