ERIC Number: ED211978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Non-Sexist Language for Pedagogues.
This paper presents three strategies for convincing English teachers that eliminating sexist language is a serious priority in their profession. The first section of the paper examines the historical evolution of definitions of gender specific words and of pronoun usage, noting both the recency of sexually biased language styles and the myth of a "pure" and static language. The second section of the paper cites research into audience responses to sexist language, noting the harmful effects of a masculine bias in language and how this bias alienates and offends women. The final section of the paper stresses the stylistic importance of parallel usage and the rhetorical power of accurate, unambiguous, rhythmic language. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (71st, Boston, MA, November 20-25, 1981).