Works Consulted

In addition to the volumes and materials on display, works consulted in the creation of this exhibition include:

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Alston, Robin. A Bibliography of the English Language from the Invention of Printing to the Year 1800; a Systematic Record of Writings on English, and on Other Languages in English, Based on the Collections of the Principal Libraries of the World. Leeds [Eng.]: Printed for the author by E.J. Arnold, 1965.

Andrews, Travis M. “The Singular, Gender-Neutral ‘They’ Added to the Associated Press Stylebook.” Washington Post, March 28, 2017, sec. Morning Mix.

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