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>> Chairperson does serve a purpose. For example, it is better to
>> announce that it is time to elect a new chairperson than to limit the
>> election to one sex or the other.
Karen Kay asks..
>But what purpose does it serve that cannot be better served by 'chair'?
I find "chairperson" to be less ambiguous than "chair". Academic
environments already use "chair" to denote 2 different types of position
- the "chair" of a department and an endowed "chair". If "chair" is
used in lieu of "chairperson", then yet another definition is added.
Whether or not a language should be or even can be gender neutral,
Technical Language must be unambiguous. One must communicate before
one can communicate fairly.
David (The Man) Blyth
Alsys (San Diego)
dsb -at- alsys -dot- com
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