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ERIC Number: EJ571641
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1998
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ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Generic "he" in Conversation?
Stringer, Jeffrey L.; Hopper, Robert
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v84 n2 p209-21 May 1998
Finds (1) no clear instances of generic "he" in conversation but (2) that speakers use "they" as an unmarked singular generic pronoun. Finds some possibly-generic uses of "he" situates these within controversies about gender-fair references to women and men and concludes that conversational uses of "he" seem more various and complex (and perhaps more antifemale) than supposed. (SR)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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