There was a recent thread here on the use of the masculine gender pronoun when referencing a person of unknown gender. I saw an entry today on this very issue on The Passive Voice blog ( http://www.thepassivevoice.com/ ) and thought some of you might be interested.
The blog references a paper by someone from the Yale University Department of Cognitive Science entitled The Extinction of Masculine Generics. Below is the URL for that paper.
Some interesting food for thought for anyone interested in this subject.
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