COSWL has consistently worked with the Executive Committee to improve the "LSA Guidelines for Nonsexist Usage." Check our LSA Guidelines page for the full text.

  • In 1993 a revised list of recommendations to LSA authors and presenters on nonsexist language use proposed by COSWL was accepted by the Executive Committee.
  • In 1995 the Executive Committee voted to revise the guidelines and to urge the contributors to Language to follow these guidelines in their submissions.
  • In 1996, at the LSA Annual Meeting the necessity, status, and function of these guidelines was reevaluated in a symposium organized by Victoria Bergvall, Colleen Brice, and Monica Macaulay: "Addressing Bias in Linguistic Example Sentences: Are Guidelines Necessary?"