2 June 2020


Hello all IGALA-ers!

In this the latest issue of the IGALA blog we are very pleased to present an essay by Prof. Jane Sunderland (IGALA President 2006-2008) in response to the recently published Editorial by the new editors of Gender and Language (you can access the open-source editorial by following this link).


Many thanks to Jane for her thoughtful and insightful piece, “In praise of the Editorial”. We are sure you will enjoy reading it.

As always, we welcome your responses to any of the blog posts as well as any ideas you have for future blog topics. Please contact Ben Rowlett, the blog co-ordinator, at to discuss.


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