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Re: About the use of epicene "they" in technical documents.

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On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 09:20:26AM +0100, MJ Ray wrote:
>However, I think Andreas Tille is right: bodging language to use
>"singular they" does not move us nearer to equality - it is a way of
>hiding the struggle, while making the text less comprehensible.
>I don't believe that language shapes thought, but that's an old
>psycho-linguistic chestnut.

I also do not believe that language alone shapes thought.  But I do 
believe that language makes a difference.  That it matters if I use 
dirty words, or if I - by the choice of words - technically imply that 
men counts more than women.

If massaging language is all we do, then (and only then!) I agree with 
Andreas that it is hillarious.  But as a signal of awareness, and as a 
techical excercise if it is possible to (elegantly!) express ourselves 
without implicit gender oprression, then we should certainly go for it!

  - Jonas

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