Committee on Gender Equity in Linguistics (COGEL)

This is a Linguistics Society of America committee I am member of. Its goal is to track, promote, and ensure equity and inclusion in the field of Linguistics across all demographics.

Gender Bias in Syntax Textbooks

If you are wondering if there is gender bias in linguistic textbooks, please check the slides of one of my presentations at LSA 2018, “Gender bias in linguistic textbooks: Has anything changed since Macaulay & Brice (1997)?”, a joint work with K. Pabst, H. Kotek, K. Syrett, K. Donelson and M. McCarvel.

We sampled 200 examples from 6 textbooks, and found that the gender skew and stereotypes reported twenty years ago in Macaulay & Brice (1997) are still present: males are twice as likely to occur as subjects and agents, receive proper names and be presented with pronouns; also, examples often perpetuate gender stereotypes. Something to think about when creating examples for your course materials, papers, books, or when you are reviewing abstracts.

LSA Guidelines for Inclusive Language

This 2016 document expands the LSA Guidelines for Nonsexist Usage (1996). It promotes awareness in issues related to gender, minorities, disabilities, and other demographic characteristics of the LSA members and readers.

Stony Brook Safe Space

This is an initiative of Stony Brook LGBTQ* Services. Safe Space Members (I am one of them) make sure our campus becomes a more inclusive place for LGBTQ people and their allies.

Mente y Lenguaje Interdisciplinary Research Group

I am a member of this interdisciplinary group, which actively studies the interactions between mind and language from a linguistic, philosophical, psychological and psychoanalytic perspective. Follow it on Facebook.