Gender Across Languages

Gender Across Languages : The linguistic representation of women and men. Volume 3

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This is the third 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 3: Czech, Danish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Oriya, Polish, Serbian, Swahili and more

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  • Paperback | 391 pages
  • 149.9 x 221 x 22.9mm | 567g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 158811211X
  • 9781588112118

Table of contents

1. Languages of Volume I and II; 2. Preface; 3. Acknowledgments; 4. List of abbreviations; 5. Gender across languages: The linguistic representation of women and men (by Hellinger, Marlis); 6. Czech. Communicating gender in Czech (by Cmejrkova, Svetla); 7. Danish. Equal before the law - unequal in language (by Gomard, Kirsten); 8. French. Gender in French: Structural properties, incongruences and asymmetries (by Schafroth, Elmar); 9. French. Gender and language politics in France (by Burr, Elisabeth); 10. German. Engendering female visibility in German (by Bussmann, Hadumod); 11. Greek. Women, gender and Modern Greek (by Pavlidou, Theodossia-Soula); 12. Japanese. Gendered structures in Japanese (by Shibamoto Smith, Janet S.); 13. Japanese. Women's language as a group identity marker in Japanese (by Ide, Sachiko); 14. Oriya. Linguistic and socio-cultural implications of gendered structures in Oriya (by Sahoo, Kalyanamalini); 15. Polish. Language and gender in Polish (by Koniuszaniec, Gabriela); 16. Serbian. The expression of gender in Serbian (by Hentschel, Elke); 17. Swahili. Perceptions of gender in Swahili language and society (by Beck, Rose Marie); 18. Swedish. Linguistic and public attitudes towards gender in Swedish (by Hornscheidt, Lann); 19. Notes on contributors; 20. Name index; 21. Subject indexshow more