Between feminine and masculine: language(s) and society

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After a first symposium, held in Paris in 2019, focusing on Romance languages, the second edition included issues of language and gender in Germanic languages. Questions such as the following were central in the discussions: is the imbalance in linguistic gender systems purely the result of the natural evolution of language, or does it result at least partly from human intervention [as has been suggested, for instance, for French (Viennot 2014)]? Is gender asymmetry a source of discrimination? If so, is it inevitable, or there are ways to go toward a greater balance between genders? And is it possible to come up with a toolkit for inclusive language?
Period9 Dec 202110 Dec 2021
Event typeConference
OrganiserFaculty of Human Sciences
LocationLisboa, PortugalShow on map


  • Gender asymmetry
  • Discrimination
  • Language
  • Society
  • Human intervention
  • Natural evolution
  • Gender
  • Gender-inclusive language
  • Gender-neutral language
  • Language and Society
  • Linguistic gender
  • Representation