How do we assess the social and cultural significance the words we choose? And what is the impact of using gender-neutral language in our communications?
These questions were the subject of a spirited panel discussion at last week’s Manitoba Bar Association Midwinter Conference in Winnipeg. Dr. Jila Ghomeshi, syntactician and author of Grammar Matters and Sandra Petersson, Research Manager of the Alberta Law Reform Institute participated in the discussion moderated by Patricia Lane on how lawyers can reflect gender neutrality in their use of language.
Ms Lane referred to the business and practical reasons for using gender neutral . . . [more]