Re: Translating and Inclusive Language

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Thu Sep 04 1997 - 11:14:18 EDT

At 10:10 AM -0500 9/4/97, Nichael Cramer wrote:
>McKay family wrote:
>> 4th september, 1997
>> Mark comments:
>> The enormous problem is of course the lack of an
>> > inclusive word in English to render him / her etc.
>> 'Whoever has ears to hear, let THEM hear' etc. ... at
>> > least [it's] proper English. [paraphrased Metzger]
>> But is this proper English?
>> I cringe at the disagreement between the first clause and the second.
>A teacher once framed this issue as a choice between getting the number
>wrong and getting the gender wrong. In short, you're going to be wrong
>one way or the other.
>The real problem, of course, is that there simply _isn't_ a way to say this
>in gramaical English.

I've seen "s/he" used without its seeming very jarring in the nominative,
but there isn't any comparable possessive or objective form.

Carl W. Conrad
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