Is there any basis for the use of the genderless pronoun ‘they’?

This article, sent to me earlier this week by one of my readers, eloquently and helpfully considers the literary and linguistic bases for the contemporary use of the word ‘they’ to refer to a person of unspecified gender. As discussed in my post on gendered terms in sports, language is a crucial force in codifying gender and expectations. The article helpfully considers a range of linguistic contexts for gendered phrases and pronoun use.

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