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One topic that repeatedly sparks debates in politics and the society is “gender-neutral language”. For instance, in languages such as German, French, or Hindi, plural forms of job occupations and societal roles are often in a generic-masculine form instead of a gender-neutral form. Although meant as “generic”, this generic-masculine form excludes women from everyday language and might even entail the cognitive effect that listeners and readers will less likely think of women. Several studies have demonstrated this and related cognitive effects in the past. Due to the societal relevance of gender-neutral language, we propose a direct replication and extension of a classic German study by Stahlberg, Sczesny, and Braun (2001, Experiment 2; in a multi-lab setting. Original project:
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