In our fourth episode, Federica Consiglio, an undergraduate in German and Comparative Literature at the University of St. Andrews, analyses different points of view on the issue of including greater gender sensitivity in languages, both in their everyday use and in their grammatical structure. Looking at possible practical solutions that have recently been explored by linguists and their relevant critiques in Italian and German, encouraging greater awareness on the subject, solutions and most importantly, to understand the need of a cultural change, together with a linguistic one.

Sources used for the podcast:

Bartezzaghi, Stefano “Discorso di Paola Cortellesi”, David di Donatello Festival (2008, Wednesday 21st March), Studi De Paolis, Rome, Italy. URL: https://youtu.be/4WjhLSkXqTk Accessed on 21st June 2021

Oltermann, Philip, “German academics and authors call for end to ‘gender nonsense’”, The Guardian (2019, Friday 8th March), URL: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/08/german-academics-and-authors-call-for-end-to-gender-nonsense Accessed on 21st June 2021

Romito, Luciano. “Le origini dello schwa” Enciclopedia dell’Italiano della Treccani, ed. 2001, URL: https://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/sceva_(Enciclopedia-dell%27Italiano)/ Accessed on 21st June 2021

Sabatini, Alma (1987). Il sessismo nella lingua italiana. Rome: Ist. Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Libreria dello Stato, URL: https://web.uniroma1.it/fac_smfn/sites/default/files/IlSessismoNellaLinguaItaliana.pdf