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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Still a gender-biased language?
Author: Jenny Cheshire
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Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Starts with excerpt from Jenny Cheshire, (1, 1985). The author says; My 1985 article ended on an upbeat note, confidently predicting that as more people take care to remove masculine bias from their own English, so the language will gradually stop distorting our perceptions of women. The twenty-two years that have passed represent pretty much a generation of speakers, making this a good time to consider whether or not my confidence was misplaced. How successful have language reforms been?

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This article appears in English Today Vol. 24, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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