What's Your Pronoun? by Dennis Baron audiobook

What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She

By Dennis Baron
Read by Paul Boehmer

Tantor Audio 9781631496042

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200788118

  • ISBN: 9798200788101

  • ISBN: 9798200788125

Runtime: 6.93 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Contextualizing one of the most pressing cultural questions of our generation, Dennis Baron reveals the untold story of how we got from he and she to zie and hir and singular—they.

Like trigger warnings and gender-neutral bathrooms, pronouns are sparking a national debate, prompting new policies in schools, workplaces, even prisons, about what pronouns to use. Colleges ask students to declare their pronouns along with their majors; corporate conferences print name tags with space to add pronouns; email signatures sport pronouns along with names and titles. Far more than a by-product of the culture wars, gender-neutral pronouns are, however, nothing new. Pioneering linguist Dennis Baron puts them in historical context, noting that Shakespeare used singular-they; women invoked the generic use of he to assert the right to vote (while those opposed to women's rights invoked the same word to assert that he did not include she); and people have been coining new gender pronouns, not just hir and zie, for centuries. Based on Baron's own empirical research, What's Your Pronoun? chronicles the story of the role pronouns have played—and continue to play—in establishing both our rights and our identities. It is an essential work in understanding how twenty-first-century culture has evolved.

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Narrator Paul Boehmer steadily narrates Dennis Baron's primer on the history of pronoun use in the English language. AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Dennis Baron

Author Bio: Dennis Baron

Dennis Baron is professor emeritus of English and linguistics at the University of Illinois, and 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.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 6.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English