Lenguaje Inclusivo – Symposium Registration

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“Lenguaje inclusivo: ¿una rebelión imparable o la desnaturalización de la lengua?”

September 9th, 2022 – University College Cork, Ireland

The emergence of gender-neutral forms in different languages around the world is a relatively new phenomenon. Spanish, with its binary grammar gender system, finds itself at the centre of an increasingly polarised debate on what some see as the sexism inherent within the grammatical structures of the language.  Amid the growing visibility of non-binary identities and feminist demands for linguistic equality, Spanish speakers across the globe are experiencing and becoming aware of language change in real time. El masculino incluyente, or, the generic masculine, has become a focus of many of the demands for morphosyntactic change which reflects a more inclusive reality.

In recent years, diametrically opposing points of view have emerged that threaten to undermine the linguistic unity of Spanish. From the implacable opposition of the Real Academia Española to any attempt to change the grammatical structure of Spanish, to the generalized adoption of inclusive, gender-neutral forms of language by universities in Argentina, the debate has become more divisive and more public.

Hosted by UCC’s  Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, together with CASiLaC and the MA Applied Linguistics, our international symposium will explore the following areas:

  • Inclusive Language
  • Sexism in Language
  • Grammatical gender
  • Linguistic ideology
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Neologisms

The Keynote speakers are Susanna Guerrero Salazar (Universidad de Málaga) and Santiago Kalinowski (Academia Argentina de Letras).

Registration includes access to conference papers and keynotes, an official certificate of attendance upon request, tea and coffees and light lunch on the day.

Please contact the Symposium organisers: Dr. Seána Ryan ([email protected]) and Dr. María Mondéjar Fuster ([email protected]) if you have any other questions.