2019 Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Title

Gender-Neutral Language in Chile: A Response Due to Absence of Representation

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

In Chile, to avoid the use of generic masculine forms in Spanish to address the diverse populations, three strategies have been implemented. These are: (a) paired forms (masculine and feminine), (b) neutral nouns (e.g., estudiantes instead of alumnos), or (c) the use of x, e or @ instead of the letters a or o (usual feminine and masculine markers), for example niñx, niñe, or niñ@. This research focuses on these solutions presented to create a gender-neutral language, being (a) and (b) suggested by the Chilean government and (c) a social response from non-binary gender and feminist groups in the country. This analysis focuses on policy guides, newspaper articles, opinion pieces, and press releases. Therefore, this research analyses how the government, and feminist and non-binary groups in Chile advocate for gender-neutral or gender-inclusive language by its written use in media. Since, language usage can be seen as a tool to shape more inclusive societies, gender equality, and social representation.

Start Date

3-4-2019 1:00 AM

End Date

3-4-2019 4:00 AM

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Elise DuBord

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

File Format

application/pdf

Embargo Date

4-30-2019

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Gender-Neutral Language in Chile: A Response Due to Absence of Representation

In Chile, to avoid the use of generic masculine forms in Spanish to address the diverse populations, three strategies have been implemented. These are: (a) paired forms (masculine and feminine), (b) neutral nouns (e.g., estudiantes instead of alumnos), or (c) the use of x, e or @ instead of the letters a or o (usual feminine and masculine markers), for example niñx, niñe, or niñ@. This research focuses on these solutions presented to create a gender-neutral language, being (a) and (b) suggested by the Chilean government and (c) a social response from non-binary gender and feminist groups in the country. This analysis focuses on policy guides, newspaper articles, opinion pieces, and press releases. Therefore, this research analyses how the government, and feminist and non-binary groups in Chile advocate for gender-neutral or gender-inclusive language by its written use in media. Since, language usage can be seen as a tool to shape more inclusive societies, gender equality, and social representation.