Assessing the Mixed or Generic Feminine as an Inclusive Language Strategy
Proposed grammatical gender-neutral language practices employing rephrasing, binomials, or abbreviated double forms are unlikely to achieve general acceptance or durably modify the linguistic system given their unusual graphical features, variable treatment of speech and writing, heavy processing requirements, increased volume, and overall complexity. In contrast, use of the feminine for mixed reference is well established for female-dominated professions such as nurse, draws on established linguistic resources, and preserves correspondance between written and spoken language. We provide examples of this strategy in several languages and discuss its advantages and shortcomings.
keywords: Inclusive language. Grammatical gender. Feminization. Gender resolution. Linguistic sexism.
Language: enPublished: Dec. 29, 2020