LINGUIST List 31.2607

Tue Aug 18 2020

Qs: Linguistic Sexism

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 18-Aug-2020
From: Benedicta Lomotey <>
Subject: Linguistic Sexism
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Dear Colleagues,

I am currently carrying out a research on linguistic sexism and language change. The study focuses on the effects of feminist linguists on the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language and the interconnection between language, identity and ideology. Specifically, I examine attitudes towards the use of gender fair alternatives in the educational domain and native speakers’ perceptions about feminist attempts at language reform.

I am therefore collecting data on current perceptions, attitudes and beliefs on gender fair language. I am trying to gather data from native speakers as well as fluent speakers and teachers of Spanish.

I have designed two distinct questionnaires in which I ask questions on sexism and demographic information such as gender, age, nationality, and profession. They are all brief questionnaires that would only take about 5 minutes each to answer.

I would be most grateful if native speakers of Spanish could participate in my research by answering my questionnaires. Fluent Spanish speakers and teachers are also invited to do same.
I would be extremely grateful if you could spread the questionnaires to fellow faculty and students in your university and other institutions. Survey 2 can be answered by academics and nonacademics as well. Kindly share that with all relations.

I assure the anonymity of all information gathered and also agree to thank those participants who wish to reveal their real names, in the acknowledgements of my research.

If you have any questions about my research, please contact me at or

Here are the links to my study:


Thank you in advance for your participation.
Benedicta Adokarley Lomotey

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)
Language Family(ies): Romance

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