Language News: New Bible Draws Critics Of Gender-Neutral Language : NPR

Pronoun usage is one of the most common topics in any writing class, but these discussions tend to be about whether or not the pronoun has a clear antecedent (the word the pronoun substitutes for).  English speakers often don’t realize that other languages have different pronoun systems than theirs, and, consequently, they don’t realize the kind of effect that might have in shaping their concepts of reality.  You might think this is a purely academic discussion, but anyone who interacts with a text that has been translated from a language with another system should be wary of the possible translations.  It’s no surprise, then, that when revisions are being made to one of the most famous translations, controversy abounds:

New Bible Draws Critics Of Gender-Neutral Language : NPR.

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Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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