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Book: The Five-Minute Linguist

Chapter: 46. What is Gendered Language?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38166


Gendered language refers to language that privileges one gender or sex over the other. This happens with many language patterns and traditions—in English and many other languages—that treat men or the masculine as the default. Luckily, in English, inclusive language solutions are fairly easy; and speakers of other languages are finding creative linguistic alternatives in order to promote gender inclusivity.

Chapter Contributors

  • Caroline Myrick ( - cmyrick) 'Independent scholar'