LINGUIST List 31.2921

Mon Sep 28 2020

Calls: Gen Ling/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 19-Sep-2020
From: Silvia Ramirez Gelbes <>
Subject: Language and gender: permanence and changes
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Full Title: Language and gender: permanence and changes

Date: 27-Jun-2021 - 02-Jul-2021
Location: Winterthur, Switzerland
Contact Person: Silvia Ramirez Gelbes
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

Studies that connect language and gender date back many decades. The first ones analyzed the differential features of female discourse versus male discourse, illustrating the existence of their corresponding stereotypes (Eckert 1989, Lakoff 1975, Trudgill 1996). These stereotypes contributed to the reproduction of inequality associated with genders, with the primacy of the masculine and the submission of the feminine, both immersed in a patriarchal order that defined two distinctive territories: the public sphere for men and the private sphere for women (Arneil 2001, Bengoechea 2009 and 2010, Lakoff 2008, Siltanen & Stanworth 1984, Talbot 2003). However, the emergence of women in public areas has forced a reorientation of this issue. Proof of this was the publishing, in the last two decades, of manuals and institutional guides for the avoidance of sexist language, for instance, in Spanish (García Meseguer 1998, Gobierno de Chile 2016, Guerrero Salazar et al. 2010, Instituto para la Mujer 2006 and 2008, Murillo Ávila et al. 2014). Currently, the demand for rights by women and non-binary minorities (Butler 1993, 1997, 2006; Petchesky 2009) is driving a growing number of speakers to create or accept neological forms that are conceived as inclusive (Jimenez Rodrigo et al. 2011, Ramirez Gelbes & Gelormini Lezama 2019 and 2020, Sczesny 2015). How are these different groups represented in diverse discursive genres? How is gender inequality reproduced or defied in discourse? What is the diachronic development of this phenomenon? How does gender inequality intersect with other types of inequities (class, economic, health, ethnic)? What inclusive uses are beginning to become generalized in the various languages and why? What linguistic changes can be expected?

The purpose of this panel is to bring together contributions from different methodological approaches on the relationship between language and gender in a variety of languages (including but not restricted to English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, and Portuguese). Presentations either in English or Spanish will be accepted.

Call for Papers:

We would much appreciate that proposals were sent to for pre-approval before October 10. Papers will also need to be submitted to the main conference website by October 25; please see for full instructions.

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