Grammar and Gender

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Yale University Press, Jul 1, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 249 pages
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A lively history of the sexual biases that exist in our language and a fascinating account of past and present efforts to correct these biases by reforming usage and vocabulary. 
 "A valuable contribution to the politics of linguistics.... Fun to read.”--Publishers Weekly
 "That readers’ awareness of their own opinions is sharpened constitutes one of the positive values of the book.”--Charles Sleeth, Times Literary Supplement
 "Based on thorough and sound scholarship, this work should have wide appeal in the academic community.”--Library Journal
 "What we learn from Baron’s insights into our words’ past meanings can help us make them say what we want them to for the future.”--Beryl Lieff Benderly, Psychology Today
 "Chock full of good research on the subject that continues to be vital to all human beings.  Baron’s historical treatment gives depth and perspective to readers who are interested in a dignified approach to male/female communicative interactions.”--Mary Ritchie Key, University of California, Irvine
 "There are a great many books on the subject of male-female language differences but none is based on such sound historical scholarship.  Grammar and Gender will become a major source for other treatments of sexist language.”--Richard W. Bailey, University of Michigan
 

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User Review  - keylawk - LibraryThing

Baron is a grammarian and listens pretty carefully to what people say. Gender bias exists in language, and even in our ideas about language. Surveys reference works from the Renaissance to the present, and ventilates the "history" of words used to demean women. Read full review

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This historical treatment of gender-spe cific terminology in studies of the En glish language and general grammar has a didactic edge to it. The author feels there is an antifeminist tradition that ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
1
CHAPTER
10
CHAPTER 2
23
CHAPTER 4
55
Womens Words
71
CHAPTER 6
90
CHAPTER 7
112
CHAPTER 8
137
Conclusion
217
INDEX
233
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