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Moving Beyond the Dos and Don’ts of Inclusive Language

How can we learn to use inclusive language at work?

Most of our language is produced on autopilot – we’re so busy thinking about what we want to get across that we often lose sight of how we’re phrasing it. Dr. Wertheim’s six principles of inclusive language offers a positive framework to help people mindfully and confidently choose inclusive language in any context. Instead of relying on dos and don’ts, Dr. Wertheim asks us to consider the “why” of our choices so that we can adjust as needed and openly discuss our word choices.

On this episode of Just One Q, Dominique chats with guest Dr. Suzanne Wertheim, a linguistic anthropologist whose focus is the intersection of language, identity, and power. She is also the author of the newly released book The Inclusive Language Field Guide. They discuss the powerful role of language in inclusion and highlight the need for engaging each other with empathy, respect, and humility. They also explore how to respond with our “why” when inclusive word choices are contested or critiqued.


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Dr. Suzanne Wertheim

Founder and CEO | Worthwhile Research & Consulting

After getting her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Berkeley, Dr. Suzanne Wertheim held faculty positions at Northwestern, University of Maryland, and UCLA. In 2011, she left the university system in order to apply her expertise to real-world problems. Using the tools of linguistic anthropology, she guides clients to more inclusive language, content, and workplaces.

Dr. Wertheim’s new book, The Inclusive Language Field Guide, is now available everywhere books are sold.


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