1st Edition

The Great Pronoun Shift
The Big Impact of Little Parts of Speech

ISBN 9780367210083
Published April 14, 2021 by Routledge
152 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

This book is a holistic exploration of personal pronouns in English and their development. In conversational prose and drawing on linguistic and psychological research, Helene Seltzer Krauthamer gives an overview of what pronouns are, why they are problematic, what they reveal about us, how they can be used effectively, where they came from, and where they are going. Assuming no specialized knowledge and with helpful real-world exercises at the end of each chapter, the book aids growth and inspires thought in students and other readers, spelling out the implications of these changes for teachers, writers, and all who write or speak in English.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables


Preface and Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: The pronoun problem, again

Chapter 2: Pronouns in print and on Broadway

Chapter 3: Nonbinary pronouns: In transition

Chapter 4: Pronouns for pets, planets, and other bodies

Chapter 5: Where art thou? Pronouns in history

Chapter 6: Religious pronouns: Thanks be to Them!

Chapter 7: Neopronouns: The final act of self-actualization

Chapter 8: Breaking the grammar binary: The third word category

Chapter 9: What’s a teacher-student-writer-editor-ally- person to do?

Appendix: Signs of them

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Helene Seltzer Krauthamer is Professor of English, and English and Foreign Languages Program Coordinator, at the University of the District of Columbia, USA.