Discussing About Inclusivity in a Gendered Language: The Case of Italian

When and Where

Thursday, February 03, 2022 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Online via YouTube - see event description for further information


Vera Gheno


Italian is a gendered language, in which both nouns and pronouns are of masculine or feminine gender and the neuter does not exist. We will analyze how this language works with regards to the inflection in a binary context, and then move on to analyze the present discussion on the search for neutral or non-binary forms of expression.

Vera Gheno, sociolinguist and translator from Hungarian, collaborated for twenty years with the Accademia della Crusca and for four years with the Zanichelli publishing house. She taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Florence for 18 years; since September 2021 she has become a researcher at the same institution. In 2021, she has published “Trovare le parole. Abbecedario per una comunicazione consapevole "(with Federico Faloppa, Edizioni Gruppo Abele) and "Le ragioni del dubbio. L'arte di usare le parole" (Einaudi).

This lecture will be livestreamed on the Department's YouTube channel.  No registration is needed.  

All times stated in Eastern time.


Contact Information


Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies - University of Toronto