Gender Neutral French Pronouns (for Nonbinary Folks!)
os (as in elle n’est pas comfortable dans le siege = os n’est pas comfortable dans le siege) lo (elle est la plus gentil = os est lo plus gentil) sol (je lui a demandé = je sol a demandé) se and leur stays the same cel/cels (qui porte jaune? celle, avec la radio. = qui porte jaune? cel avec la radio) end things with “il” (elle est courageuse = os est courageuil)
if you ever encounter someone who wants to use pronouns that you may not have heard of ( english or french ), the nicest thing to do is accept their choice
These sound so un-Frenchy haha. But thanks. Btw are these just suggestions or are they actually used by French speakers?
I don't know, but I'm keeping an eye on this survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdF40ghv7u1Q0jQPm8eb1D-m6jtV_va9R_IZ2OTZ8VWQje8XA/viewform I'm curious to see the results.
Edit: These results from the 2016 survey suggest iel is the most popular, but the sample size was much smaller than the Nonbinary Stats equivalent annual survey thing: http://ekladata.com/juNUFUeNhqGAL-2iAzUChRp0N4U/Le-langage-dans-la-communaute-non-binaire-Unique-en-son-genre-2017.pdf
I like them, but I'm curious as to what native French speakers think of these. It looks like this person made them up all by themselves, so I question how far they'd get you in conversation. They've got the right idea though!
wow I'm glad to see some gender neutral pronouns in the french language. I'm still looking for some english ones but hey french ones are just as good
There has been an annual nonbinary survey since 2015 ( http://nonbinarystats.tumblr.com/results ), which the most recent survey listed they/them, xe/xem, zie/hir, e/em, it/its, fae/faer, and co/cos as the most popular gender-neutral pronouns (each with over 1% of survey responses indicating preference).
other than they/them sort of stuff there's also xe (which is used a lot) and some others i don't remember but they are used!
i dont have specific examples but if you look them up then lots of pronouns will show up
thank you :) but i hope no one looks at me strangely if i use these haha
You're right that it's gender-neutral; however, it doesn't work the same way. The word "on" in French is purposefully ambiguous and is not used for referring to specific people, just like you can't say "one" in English to refer to a specific person.
What about "eil"? That sounds much more natural in French speech than "os".
What—why would you change "lui" when it's already gender-neutral?! That makes absolutely no sense.
It's easier to say than mx. or mxs. I don't even know how to pronounce those. Though I am cis...
I also read that elli and yel are used as gender-neutral pronouns! Can't remember where for the life of me though.
It says that on Wikipedia and a couple other places I used to fact check. I think 'yels' is for gender neutral groups as well (like ils or elles)? Idk I would look into using those.