Saturday, February 7, 2015

Gender neutral pronoun in English? German?

In English, kids are beginning to use "they" rather than "he/she."

The following pronouns have been suggested by some University students now, and referenced in a couple articles), but aren't really ‘in use’ at this point:

                “sier”  (sies/siem/sien),
  • Possessivpronomen     sieni (sienir / seinis), 
  • Artikel/Relativpronomen     dier  (dies /diem /dien)
But there are other ideas floating around out there too.  This is something we'll need to wait out.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, so they have come up with a word. It has always frustrated me that there was not a word I could use instead of "he/she", which sounds strange and awkward. The most frustrating part of replacing "he/she" with "they" is that "they" is plural and people use it to talk about a single person. I strive to always use proper grammar and "they" is technically wrong. However, I do realize that some people prefer to use "they" rather than "he" or "she" since they do not identify with either gender. I think it would be really cool if "sier" becomes commonly used for it would solve some of the issues when trying to communicate effectively in the English language.