1st Edition

Inclusiveness Beyond the (Non)binary in Romance Languages Research and Classroom Implementation

Edited By Gláucia V. Silva, Cristiane Soares Copyright 2024
    206 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Inclusiveness Beyond the (Non)binary in Romance Languages: Research and Classroom Implementation explores both research and best practices related to inclusive language so that all students, regardless of gender identity, may be active participants in their language learning communities.

    Given the binary nature of Romance language grammars, it is essential that scholarly inquiry into issues related to (non)binarism be further developed and become more visible, and this volume aims to embed the issue of linguistic inclusivity within broader conversations surrounding social justice to ensure that conversations do not stop with mere linguistic changes. The book is divided into two parts: the first focuses on research related to inclusive and nonbinary forms in Romance languages, while the second highlights teaching practices and encompasses inclusive approaches that go beyond the nonbinary. Although the volume focuses on Romance languages, most (if not all) of the content is applicable to other linguistic contexts. This volume also goes beyond issues of gender inclusivity and includes content that leads to a reflection on issues of equity and social justice more broadly.

    This edited volume is a resource for scholars whose research focuses on inclusive language and for educators who are interested in learning more about why and how to foster inclusiveness in their language classrooms and in their workplaces.


    Cristiane Soares and Gláucia V. Silva

    Part I: Research

    1 Using inclusive language at school: reported and perceived use among teachers in Buenos Aires

                   Juan Eduardo Bonnin and Gabriela Mariel Zunino

    2 For the children: Brazilian Portuguese and the rainbow scare

                   Gabriel Chagas, Cristiane Soares, and Gláucia V. Silva

    3 Gender inclusiveness in a binary language: the rise of the schwa in Italian and the discussion surrounding it

                   Vera Gheno

    4 Towards feminization and neutralization in the foreign language classroom: evaluation of linguistic possibilities

                   Hugues Peters

    5 Is Italy ready for gender-inclusive language?: an attitude and usage study among Italian speakers

                   Giuseppina Scotto di Carlo


    Part II: Classroom implementation

    6 The ergonomic classroom: best practices for fostering inclusive learning environments

                   Claire-Marie Brisson

    7 Inclusive Italian in the college classroom: a promising journey

                   Carmen Merolla

    8 Integrating nonbinary language and trans knowledge practices in Romance language classes

                   Denise Maria Osborne

    9 Diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice in the Spanish language classroom: what does it mean and what does it look like?

                   María Luisa Parra and Viviane Faria

    10 Teaching nonbinary Portuguese: strategies and inclusiveness in the classroom

                   Yasmin Zandomenico and Joyce Fernandes


    Gláucia V. Silva is Professor of Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA.

    Cristiane Soares is Senior Preceptor in Portuguese at Harvard University, USA.