"Grammar and Gender" by Dennis Baron

Grammar and Gender Dennis Baron

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
10 Sep 1987
ISBN:
9780300038835
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
260 pages: 210 x 140mm

Categories:

A lively history of the sexual biases that exist in our language and a fascinating account of past and present efforts to correct these biases by reforming usage and vocabulary. 
 “A valuable contribution to the politics of linguistics…. Fun to read.”—Publishers Weekly
 “That readers’ awareness of their own opinions is sharpened constitutes one of the positive values of the book.”—Charles Sleeth, Times Literary Supplement
 “Based on thorough and sound scholarship, this work should have wide appeal in the academic community.”—Library Journal
 “What we learn from Baron’s insights into our words’ past meanings can help us make them say what we want them to for the future.”—Beryl Lieff Benderly, Psychology Today
 “Chock full of good research on the subject that continues to be vital to all human beings.  Baron’s historical treatment gives depth and perspective to readers who are interested in a dignified approach to male/female communicative interactions.”—Mary Ritchie Key, University of California, Irvine
 “There are a great many books on the subject of male-female language differences but none is based on such sound historical scholarship.  Grammar and Gender will become a major source for other treatments of sexist language.”—Richard W. Bailey, University of Michigan

"Chock full of good research on the subject that continues to be vital to all human beings. Baron's historical treatment gives depth and perspective to readers who are interested in a dignified approach to male/female communicative interactions."?Mary Ritchie Key          


"There are a great many books on the subject of male-female language differences but none is based on such sound historical scholarship. Grammar and Gender will become a major source for other treatments of sexist language."?Richard W. Bailey, University of Michigan


"A valuable contribution to the politics of linguistics. . . . Scholarly [and] fun to read."?Publishers Weekly 


"A scholarly survey of sexual bias in the English language and of past and recent attempts to correct it."?Kirkus Reviews


"Based on thorough and sound scholarship, this work should have wide appeal in the academic community."?Library Journal


"Grammar and Gender requires literacy but not expertise, and every good academic and general-purpose library must buy it."?Choice 


"That readers' awareness of their own opinions is . . . sharpened constitutes one of the positive values of the book."?Charles Sleeth, Times Literary Supplement 


"Certainly there is room for this book on the shelf beside all past authorities on etymology and language."?Elaine Kahn, The Toronto Star


"Baron's book shines out as a model of both lively learning and hard sense."?Virginia Quarterly


"In this brisk and lively history, he shows that English has never been gender-neutral."?Clarence Petersen, Chicago Tribune


"Baron's book is a fine addition to the feminist literature on women and language because it is historical and unusually entertaining."?Feminist Bookstore News


"Baron provides a wealth of historical detail in a lively manner."?Edgar A. Gregersen, American Studies


 "[An] impressive compendium of gender-driven stereotypes in the history of the English language."?Patricia Lorimer Lundberg, American Speech


"Mr. Baron reveals the male bias of most linguistic work, and explores some of the efforts that have been made to change accepted patterns of usage to reflect changing perceptions of the place of women in society. . . . This book, with its wealth of illustrative detail, is a fascinating read."?G. M. Awbery, Modern Language Review


"This book is full of fascinating material on the long and somewhat sordid history of speculation and exhortation about language and gender."?Sally McConnell-Ginet, Journal of English and Germanic Philology