What's Your Pronoun? Dennis Baron with Diana Tourjée

Tue. Feb 4, 2020 at 6:30pm EST
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How did we get from he and she to zie and hir—and singular they?

What's Your Pronoun? book coverWhile it may seem like adding preferred pronouns to email signatures and nametags at conferences is part of the zeitgeist, pioneering linguist Dennis Baron provides historical points of reference that shed light on a long tradition of coining gender pronouns. Shakespeare invoked the use of singular they and women adopted the generic use of he to assert their right to vote. What’s Your Pronoun? examines the role pronouns have historically played in determining our rights and identities. From legislation to literature to the press, Baron shows the many areas of life where pronoun-expression matters and affects the way we treat different groups. Baron is joined by award-winning journalist for ViceDiana Tourjée.

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Wachenheim Trustees Room (2nd Floor) The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018