What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She

What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She

by Dennis Baron
What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She

What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She

by Dennis Baron


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“If you want to know why more people are asking ‘what’s your pronoun?’ then you (singular or plural) should read this book.” —Joe Moran, New York Times Book Review

Heralded as “required reading” (Geoff Nunberg) and “the book” (Anne Fadiman) for anyone interested in the conversation swirling around gender-neutral and nonbinary pronouns, What’s Your Pronoun? is a classic in the making. Providing much-needed historical context and analysis to the debate around what we call ourselves, Dennis Baron brings new insight to a centuries-old topic and illuminates how—and why—these pronouns are sparking confusion and prompting new policies in schools, workplaces, and even statehouses. Enlightening and affirming, What’s Your Pronoun? introduces a new way of thinking about language, gender, and how they intersect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631498718
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 01/12/2021
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,057,807
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dennis Baron professor emeritus of English and linguistics at the University of Illinois, has long been a national commentator on language issues, from the Washington Post to NPR and CNN. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, he lives in Champaign, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Missing Word 17

2 The Politics Of He 39

3 The Words That Failed 79

4 Queering The Pronoun 115

5 The Missing Word Is They 149

A Chronology Of Gender-Neutral and Nonbinary Pronouns 185

Acknowledgments 247

Notes 249

Index 273

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