Gender Across Languages

Gender Across Languages : The linguistic representation of women and men. Volume 2

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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, more

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  • Hardback | 349 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 25.4mm | 657.71g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588110842
  • 9781588110848

Table of contents

1. Languages of Volume I and III; 2. Preface; 3. Acknowledgments; 4. List of abbreviations; 5. Gender across languages: The linguistic representation of women and men (by Hellinger, Marlis); 6. Chinese. Editors' note; 7. Chinese. In Chinese, men and women are equal - or - women and men are equal? (by Ettner, Charles); 8. Chinese. Gender-related use of sentence-final particles in Cantonese (by Chan, Marjorie K.M.); 9. Chinese. Reality and representation: Social control and gender relations in Mandarin Chinese proverbs (by Zhang, Hong); 10. Dutch. Towards a more gender-fair usage in Netherlands Dutch (by Gerritsen, Marinel); 11. Finnish. The communication of gender in Finnish (by Engelberg, Mila); 12. Hindi. "Unnatural" gender in Hindi (by Hall, Kira); 13. Icelandic. Masculine generics in current Icelandic (by Gronberg, Anna Gunnarsdotter); 14. Italian. Gender and female visibility in Italian (by Marcato, Gianna); 15. Norwegian. The representation of gender in Norwegian (by Bull, Tove); 16. Spanish. Gender in Spanish: Tradition and innovation (by Nissen, Uwe Kjaer); 17. Vietnamese. Gender in addressing and self-reference in Vietnamese: Variation and change (by Pham, Hoa); 18. Welsh. The politics of language and gender in Wales (by Awbery, Gwenllian M.); 19. Notes on contributors; 20. Name index; 21. Subject indexshow more

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