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British Pronoun Use, Prescription, and Processing: Linguistic and Social Influences Affecting 'They' and 'He'

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  • ISBN-13: 9781137332721
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release Date: Jul 25, 2014
  • Edition: 2014
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.75 x 8.82 x 5.59 inches


This study considers the use of they and he for generic reference in post-2000 written British English. The analysis is framed by a consideration of language-internal factors, such as syntactic agreement, and language-external factors, which include traditional grammatical prescriptivism and the language reforms resulting from second-wave feminism.

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