Rewriting Language

How Literary Texts Can Promote Inclusive Language Use

by Christiane Luck

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Book Description

Inclusive language remains a hot topic. Despite decades of empirical evidence and revisions of formal language use, many inclusive adaptations of English and German continue to be ignored or contested. But how to convince speakers of the importance of inclusive language? Rewriting Language provides one possible answer: by engaging readers with the issue, literary texts can help to raise awareness and thereby promote wider linguistic change.

Christiane Luck analyses five iconic texts from a literary, linguistic and sociological perspective. She shows how Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness and Verena Stefan's Häutungen highlight the issues inherent in the linguistic status quo; Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time and June Arnold's The Cook and the Carpenter explore the possibilities and challenges of linguistic neutrality; and Gerd Brantenberg's Egalias døtre reverses linguistic norms to illustrate the link between language and imagination. A focus group study provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of the literary approaches and shows how literary texts can sensitise readers to the impact of biased language. Particularly in the context of education, Luck concludes, literary texts can be a valuable tool to promote inclusive language use.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). You can download Rewriting Language ebook for free in PDF format (9.5 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Linguistics and literature
 
Chapter 2
Problematising the linguistic status quo - The Left Hand of Darkness and Häutungen
 
Chapter 3
Proposing linguistic neutrality - The Cook and the Carpenter and Woman on the Edge of Time
 
Chapter 4
Reversing the linguistic status quo - Egalias døtre
 
Chapter 5
'It's good to make people realise ... double standards' - Evaluating the impact of literary texts thematising sex/gender and language
 

Book Details

Publisher
UCL Press
Published
2020
Pages
206
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781787356696
ISBN10
1787356698
ISBN13 Digital
9781787356672
ISBN10 Digital
1787356671
PDF Size
9.5 MB
License
CC BY-NC-ND

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