Generic Pronouns and Sexist Language : The Oxymoronic Character of Masculine Generics I

  • John Gastii
  • Published 2004

Abstract

This experiment investigated the propensity o f the generic he to evoke images o f males relative to h e / s h e and the plural they. Undergraduates read sentences aloud and verbally described the images that came to mind. The results provide strong support for the hypothesis that the generic he evokes a disproportionate number o f male images. Results also… (More)

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