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Cognitive Effects of Masculine Generics in German: An Overview of Empirical Findings

Friederike Braun, Sabine Sczesny and Dagmar Stahlberg
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This article presents a series of experiments which were conducted among native speakers of German to determine the influence of different types of German generics on the cognitive inclusion of women. Results indicate that the inclusion of women is higher with ‘non-sexist’ alternatives than with masculine generics, a tendency which was consistent across different studies. The different alternatives, however, showed different effects which also varied depending on the context. These results are discussed with regard to their practical consequences in situations such as nominating women and men for awards or political offices.

Published Online: 2005-07-27
Published in Print: 2005-01-01

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