The Inclusive Language Field Guide By Suzanne Wertheim PhD

  • Narrated by: Suzanne Wertheim
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Release date: 09-08-23

The Inclusive Language Field Guide By Suzanne Wertheim PhD AudioBook summary

Avoid inadvertently offending or alienating anyone by following six straightforward communication guidelines developed by a no-nonsense linguistic anthropologist and business consultant.

In today’s fast-moving and combative culture, language can feel like a minefield. Terms around gender, disability, race, sexuality, and more are constantly evolving. Words that used to be acceptable can now get you “cancelled”. People are afraid of making embarrassing mistakes, of sounding outdated or out of touch, and of not being as respectful as they intended.

But it’s not as complicated as it might seem. Linguistic anthropologist Suzanne Wertheim offers six easy-to-understand principles to guide any communication—written or spoken—with anyone:

  • Reflect reality
  • Show respect
  • Draw people in
  • Incorporate other perspectives
  • Prevent erasure
  • Recognize pain points

This guide clarifies the challenges—and the solutions—to using “they/them” and demonstrates why “you guys” isn’t as inclusive as many people think. If you follow the principles, you’ll know not to ask a female coworker with a wedding ring about her husband—because she might be married to a woman. And you’ll avoid writing things like “America was discovered in 1492”, because that’s just when Europeans found it.


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