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Masculine Pronouns

Published by chicagoliz in the blog chicagoliz's blog. Views: 121

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.

http://jcc.icc.org.ro/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/JCC_vol2_no1_Brian_Earp_pages_4_19.pdf

Some interesting food for thought for anyone interested in this subject.

Happy Reading!
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