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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

International Conference “Attitudes towards gender-inclusive language. A multinational perspective”

When: Thursday, September 8, 2022 - Friday, September 9, 2022, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Online

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Gender-neutral and gender-inclusive language is currently being discussed in the public sphere, and views on the subject have increasingly been voiced by individuals as well as organisations. These include state institutions, private associations, subject specialists such as linguists, and private individuals / laypeople. Views of and attitudes towards gender-neutral language cover a broad spectrum between extreme ends, and even subject specialists hold conflicting views. Some academic research on attitudes towards gender-neutral language has been conducted and published.

However, a multinational/multilingual, comparative perspective is still missing. To address this shortcoming, this international conference will bring together researchers studying attitudes towards gender-neutral language in different languages and countries. Some examples of questions to be addressed and discussed are: How are attitudes towards gender-neutral language voiced in different countries and languages? What groups or individuals engage in the debate, and what are their views and attitudes? What are the prevailing discourses? Are there clashes between proponents of different varieties of gender-fair language? A selected number of contributions will be included in a high-quality edited volume on “Attitudes towards gender-inclusive language. A multinational perspective”, with a publisher of excellent standing.

This is a two-day event which runs from Thursday 8 September 08:00 until Friday 9 September 18:00. 

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