Comparative Analysis of Existing Guidelines for Gender-Fair Language within the ITN LCG Network. ITN-LCG, Workpackage B: Report on Milestone 1

Moser, Franziska; Sato, Sayaka; Chiarini, Tania; Dmitrow - Devold, Karolina; Kuhn, Elisabeth (2011). Comparative Analysis of Existing Guidelines for Gender-Fair Language within the ITN LCG Network. ITN-LCG, Workpackage B: Report on Milestone 1 Marie Curie Initial Training Network

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Guidelines for a gender-fair use of the languages represented in the ITN LCG network were analyzed comparatively for specific criteria. All institutional or governmental guidelines aim at attenuating male-biased representations that are brought about by certain grammatical structures of the respective language. These guidelines primarily focus on the use of masculine forms as generics because they reduce the visibility of women in language. The comparison shows that guidelines for English, a language without grammatical gender, emphasize neutralization as a means of referring to both sexes. This differs from grammatical gender languages, such as German and Italian, in which feminine-masculine word-pairs are recommended in order to avoid the masculine bias. The guidelines all aim to promote the formulation of comprehensive and readable texts that are free of discrimination.

Item Type:

Report (Report)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience

UniBE Contributor:

Moser, Franziska

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

Publisher:

Marie Curie Initial Training Network

Language:

English

Submitter:

Franziska Moser

Date Deposited:

12 Jul 2016 11:18

Last Modified:

12 Jul 2016 11:18

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/82140

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