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First Advisor

Lisa Minnick

Second Advisor

Mercedes Tasende


The topic of this thesis is gender-inclusive language and gender-specific language in English and Spanish. I review literature about this topic in universities and in different cultures. Attitudes of students at WMU about this topic in the English language are compared with the attitudes of students on the campus of the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain in the Spanish language. This is accomplished by asking participants a series of Likert-scale questions and discussion questions that ask participants to report on their own language usage and experiences with gender and language. Results are discussed and compared in order to gain better understanding of students’ attitudes towards and usage of gender-inclusive, gender-neutral, and gender-specific language in two different cultures and languages.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted