From il and elle to iel and ael: the French Gender Revolution - A Semantic Model of Pronominal Grammar Changes in French
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In recent years, the emancipation of women and the increasing awareness of identities outside the gender binary of man and woman have been a central debate in western society. Since the 2000’s the French language has seen linguistic changes reflecting these societal changes. The most recent developments are the so-called Écriture Inclusive and the Écriture Neutre. Analysing these language changes, the present thesis focuses on two common neo-pronouns iel(s) and ael(s) emerging from these societally induced languages changes and investigates their effects on pronominal grammar in French. This research bases itself on a corpus study of the use of these neo-pronouns, creating he foundation for a re-worked model of pronoun resolution with in Discourse Representation Theory. Combining the works of Kamp & Reyle (1993), Van der Sandt (1992) and Hunter (2013) this thesis takes a presuppositional approach to pronoun resolution allowing for the inclusion of extra-linguistic information for their interpretation.