Call for Papers: “The workings of discrimination: Gender-inclusive language between acceptance and opposition” for the Journal of Language and Discrimination

From Dr. Federica Formato:


Title: The workings of discrimination: Gender-inclusive language between acceptance and opposition

This call for papers is aimed at collecting contributions for a special issue of the Journal of Language and Discrimination ( to be published in  Autumn 2024. The topic of this special issue revolves around discriminatory practices, beliefs, and ideologies opposing gender inclusivity in language. Here, inclusivity is mostly referring to ways in which speakers have attempted to or have been successful at breaking the (grammatical) feminine/masculine binary, ideas around linguistic normativity, and the so-called ‘anti-gender’ ideology or gender war. Papers can focus on linguistic changes aimed at achieving gender inclusivity, for instance, lexical items, (new) morphological inflections, etc., The editors will also consider papers on how institutions, specific speakers, the media, and politics (or a combination of these) actively engage in demystifying, demonizing, and attacking linguistic  inclusive  practices.  The  papers  need  to  discuss  relevant  literature  and  appropriate methods/methodologies and be solidly grounded in theoretical underpinnings. Analysis of dataset/s can be quantitative or qualitative (or mixed methods). The special issue will consist of 6-7 papers, all possibly dealing with different languages or contexts.
All abstracts, no longer than 500 words (references excluded) and in English, should include information about the context(s), the dataset/s, the methods, and/or theoretical framework/s, and
should be sent to by 28th February 2023. Informal inquiries are also welcome.
For  information  about  submissions  and  contributions  see  the  journal’s  guidelines:
Important dates:
Abstract deadline: 28ᵗʰ February 2023
Notification of acceptance: 31ˢᵗ March 2023
Full paper: 15ᵗʰ December 2023
Notification: 1ˢᵗ April 2024
Final submission: 1 July 2024
Publication date: October 2024