Tag Archives: generic he

Resources: Ambiguous English Pronouns and Prescribed Reading

Many prescriptivists fear that the use of singular they  (as in, “A student should take their time when considering prescriptive rules.”) is incredibly problematic.  They are dissatisfied with the lack of plural agreement, though evidence suggests that the traditionally prescribed … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Language News: NPR covers language and numbers

Intro linguistics students are always fascinated with the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis–a theory about the degree to which language and thought intersect.  Of course, empirical testing of this theory can be somewhat difficult, but a few notable studies have tried.  Kay and … Continue reading

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