Le langage inclusif : attitudes et évaluation de texte

Une étude quantitative des attitudes envers le langage inclusif et leur influence sur l’évaluation d'un texte


Summary, in English

The present study examines in a quantitative manner the relationship between the attitudes toward gender equality and those toward gender-inclusive language. It also studies how a text written with gender-inclusive language is evaluated and observes what factors can act thereupon. The influence of gender, linguistic area and an argumentation promoting this kind of language on attitudes and on the evaluation of a text making use of are is also investigated.

Firstly, statistical analyses show that women have more positive attitudes than men, and that residents in a French-speaking area outside France express more positive attitudes than the French. They also confirm a positive correlation between a person’s attitudes toward gender equality and their attitudes toward gender-inclusive language. Secondly, the text making use of gender-inclusive language is more negatively evaluated but seems to be just as well comprehended as the same text written using masculine generics. Further analyses show a positive correlation between the attitudes toward gender-inclusive language and the evaluation of the text, but only when the text is written with this kind of language. Finally, the comments left by respondents provide new perspectives on the use and reception of gender-inclusive writing by 377 French speakers.


  • Languages and Literatures


  • attitudes linguistiques
  • langage inclusif
  • masculin générique
  • rédaction épicène
  • écriture inclusive
  • lisibilité
  • aire linguistique
  • questionnaire
  • français
  • linguistic attitudes
  • gender-inclusive writing
  • generic masculine
  • gender-fair writing
  • readability
  • linguistic area
  • French


  • Jonas Granfeldt (Professor)