Gender Across Languages: The Linguistic Representation of Women and Men, Volume 2

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Marlis Hellinger, Hadumod Bussmann
John Benjamins Publishing, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 348 pages
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This is the second 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 the previous two 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 2: Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Welsh.
  

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Contents

Gender across languages
1
Editors note
27
In Chinese men and women are equal or women and men are equal?
29
Genderrelated use of sentencefinal particles in Cantonese
57
Reality and representation
73
Towards a more genderfair usage in Netherlands Dutch
81
The communication of gender in Finnish
109
Unnatural gender in Hindi
133
The representation of gender in Norwegian
219
Gender in Spanish
251
Gender in addressing and selfreference in Vietnamese
281
The politics of language and gender in Wales
313
Notes on contributors
331
Name index
337
Subject index
343
Studies in Language and Society
349

Masculine generics in current Icelandic
163
Gender and female visibility in Italian
187

Common terms and phrases

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