Gender Across Languages: The linguistic representation of women and men, Volume 1

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Marlis Hellinger, Hadumod Bußmann
John Benjamins Publishing, Oct 9, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 329 pages
This is the first of a three-volume comprehensive reference work on Gender across Languages , which provides systematic descriptions of various categories of gender (grammatical, lexical, referential, social) in 30 languages of diverse genetic, typological and socio-cultural backgrounds.
Among the issues discussed for each language are the following: What are the structural properties of the language that have an impact on the relations between language and gender? What are the consequences for areas such as agreement, pronominalisation and word-formation? How is specification of and abstraction from (referential) gender achieved in a language? Is empirical evidence available for the assumption that masculine/male expressions are interpreted as generics? Can tendencies of variation and change be observed, and have alternatives been proposed for a more equal linguistic treatment of women and men? This volume (and its follow-up volumes) will provide the much-needed basis for explicitly comparative analyses of gender across languages. All chapters are original contributions and follow a common general outline developed by the editors. The book contains rich bibliographical and indexical material. Languages of Volume 1: Arabic, Belizean Creole, Eastern Maroon Creole, English (American, New Zealand, Australian), Hebrew, Indonesian, Romanian, Russian, Turkish.

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Shifting sands
Belizean Creole Gender creole and the role of women in language change
Communicating gender in the Eastern Maroon Creole of Suriname
English Gender in a global language
A corpusbased view of gender in New Zealand English
Spreading the feminist word
A corpusbased view of gender in British and American English
Gender switch in Modern Hebrew
Gender in Javanese Indonesian
Deconstructing gender The case of Romania
Doing gender in Russian
The communication of gender in Turkish
Notes on contributors
Name index
Subject index

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