British Pronoun Use, Prescription, and Processing: Linguistic and Social Influences Affecting 'They' and 'He'

Paterson, Laura L (2014). British Pronoun Use, Prescription, and Processing: Linguistic and Social Influences Affecting 'They' and 'He'. Palgrave Macmillan.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137332738

Abstract

This study considers the use of they and he for generic reference in post-2000 written British English. The analysis is framed by a consideration of language-internal factors, such as syntactic agreement, and language-external factors, which include traditional grammatical prescriptivism and the language reforms resulting from second-wave feminism.

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