GENDER IN LANGUAGE PROJECT
GENDER IN LANGUAGE PROJECT
The Gender in Language Project is a free online resource meant to describe gender-inclusive forms in languages with masculine-feminine gender distinctions to queer community members who need these forms to self-identify. For languages that do not have attested inclusive forms, we display prescriptively male- and female-specific forms to show where gender-specific items exist in the language. Our data comes both from empirical research on these languages as well as community-generated research about gender-inclusive language. This project is meant to center the voices of nonbinary, trans, and other queer and gender-nonconforming people around the world. If you would like to get involved with our project, please contact bpapadopoulos [at] berkeley [dot] edu.
This early version of the Gender in Language Project provides information about Mandarin Chinese and Global Spanish, the 1st and 4th most-spoken languages in the world (respectively). Aside from maintaining these living documents, we intend to create accessible resources for community members, students, and educators which explain how to use gender-inclusive forms in gendered languages. We would be grateful to have your feedback, which you may give by clicking here.
Since it began, the Gender in Language Project has been developed by students at University of California, Berkeley. In particular, it is currently maintained by researchers in the Linguistics Research Apprenticeship Practicum [LRAP] in the Department of Linguistics.
I am a third-year doctoral student of sociolinguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. I am also a Graduate Student Instructor of Elementary Spanish. I research the linguistics of gender-inclusive language. You can learn more about me and my research here.
Cooper Bedin (they)
cooper.bedin [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Cooper Bedin is a current undergraduate student at UC Berkeley (class of 2022) studying linguistics and computer science. Their research interests include language and gender (of course), LGBTQ+ linguistics, speech perception, and computational models of language and cognition. Outside of the wild, wonderful world of academic linguistics Cooper also loves talking about CS education, musical theater, and RuPaul's Drag Race!
julieduran [at] berkeley [dot] edu
I am an undergraduate student majoring in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. When I'm not doing sociolinguistic research, you can probably find me playing a Nintendo game, crocheting, or binge watching reality television.
Jesus Duarte (he)
jesedduarte [at] berkeley [dot] edu
I am a third-year undergraduate student double majoring in linguistics and Hispanic linguistics and bilingualism at the University of California, Berkeley. I am currently researching the linguistics of gender-inclusive language and I intend to continue my research on bilingualism focusing on language acquisition and production in Spanish-English bilinguals.
cfliege [at] berkeley [dot] edu
I'm an undergraduate majoring in linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. My research interests are sociolinguistics, language & identity, sociophonetics, AAE, and language acquisition. Additionally, I've been known to have by far the strongest shoe game in the department. Outside of school I'm either cooking, doing martial arts, playing video games, or sleeping.
I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. I am also an undergraduate researcher focusing on gender-inclusive language. My primary interests include sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, and language documentation, and I intend to continue my research in gender and language. Outside of the linguistics world, I am a dedicated cat mom, a feminist, and I love talking about politics.
I am a graduating senior majoring in Linguistics at UC Berkeley. After graduation, I will be working as a postbaccalaureate researcher for historical linguistics and language revitalization at Yale University. My research centers around linguistic identity on an individual and community level, specifically through the lens of sociolinguistics/sociophonetics (particularly in queer and immigrant communities), historical linguistics, and Indigenous language revitalization in community contexts.
I am an alum from the Linguistics department at UC Berkeley. As an undergraduate student I worked mainly on language revitalization, phonological reconstruction, and phylogeny. My current research interest is in queer sociolinguistics -- focusing on transgender, non-binary, and gender-inclusive language in Japanese (as a 日系/Nikkei non-binary person). Outside of formal linguistics, I enjoy listening to a wide variety of music, speedrunning certain video games, and conlanging.
Sebastian Clendenning-Jiménez (he or they)
sacjimenez [at] berkeley [dot] edu
I am a senior majoring in Linguistics at UC Berkeley. My research interests are in language documentation, particularly in language revitalization in the Amazon, and sociolinguistics (specifically terms of identity used by multilingual queer and trans speakers in and outside of their speech communities). Outside of linguistics, I enjoy reading sci-fi and writing poetry.
I am a fourth-year undergraduate student double majoring in English and linguistics, and minoring in Spanish linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. I'm currently researching the linguistics of gender-inclusive language, with a focus on the Spanish language. At UC Berkeley, I lead two Spanish organizations called Amig@s and Amanecer, and am also a conversation group host for the Language Exchange Center. I am very passionate about Spanish, language learning, and linguistics. Please feel free to connect with me!
I am a graduating senior majoring in Linguistics and English at UC Berkeley. I am applying for a Ph.D in Education this semester as well. My research centers around how texturism, featurism, colorism, gender, class and language intersect and affect womxn of African descent in Academia. My interests outside of my research are: Duolingo, Bachata, YouTube video watching, Drag Race, Painting, Poetry, Make-up, Chess, Kareoke, Cooking, Farmers Markets, and Walking :) <(0_0)>
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