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ERIC Number: ED177603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Critique of the New Feminist Grammar.
Miller, Edmund
Conceding that there has been some insufficient sensitivity to the existence of women in the semantic choices of traditional English Grammar, this paper contends that the new feminist grammars confuse language with sexual politics. Issues discussed in the paper include the generic masculine occupation words; the prefix titling system (covering Ms., Miss as a career title, Mme. with foreign women, and Master with boys); the girl/man pair; the feminine as a gender of animation, including a suggestion as to why it does not appear in children's books; and the masculine as a common gender. The paper argues that guidelines such as those of the National Council of Teachers of English, which call for the avoidance of sexist language, arbitrarily limit writers' resources without resolving the real issues in sexual politics. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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