esults con®rm and reinforce Newman's (1992) claim that singular they is the predominant form and that the masculine generic he is used rather rarely, not only in speech but, interestingly, also in writing. In Figure 1 the frequencies of the pronouns are broken down by the type of antecedent. Quanti®er-speci®ed antecedents constitute the largest group ± Figure 1: Frequencies of epicene pronouns in the Independent corpus in relation to the speci®er of the antecedent Baranowski, Maciej. "Current Usage of the Epicene Pronoun in Written English." Journal of Sociolinguistics 6.3 (2002). 378-397. # Blackwell Publishers Ltd. 2002
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