THE USE OF PERSONAL NOUNS AND PERSONAL PRONOUNS IN ENGLISH: A CASE STUDY OF LINGUISTIC SEXISMValentina Ploj
, 2015, diplomsko delo
Opis: Linguistic sexism, which was the main topic in this thesis, is a part of a larger phenomenon called sexism, which has always been present in our society through history but has been dealt with differently in different eras. It began when women started to feel left out of important professional functions and moreover when women were constrained to taking care of children and housekeeping chores. Women always felt they could have contributed so much more to the society but they always had to fight for it. Certain movements were created over the time led by strong, decisive women who were trying to make women matter just the same as men do. Because society changes, evolves and grows, the language also experiences various transformations.
In this thesis, we have decided to look into the field of linguistic sexism considering different genres to see whether there are any differences in the use of language depending on who the publications are intended for and what field of interest they cover. We selected four publications covering topics of fashion and education: The New Review is a fashion-oriented appendix of the Independent on Sunday, GQ is a male-oriented magazine while the National Art Education Association News and Music Educators Journal, are educational, one from the field of visual arts and the other from the field of music. We focused on the use of gender specific and dual gender terms denoting personal nouns and pronouns.
We analysed the language of the four publications, including articles, commercial advertisements and everything that was written in letters. The results showed the examples found as sexist in this thesis could be avoided to an extent, but not completely. There is a level of language that needs to be maintained but also not to be interfered with too much. Such interferences can distort language to the extent of incomprehension. Therefore, it is advised to take into account the linguistic restrictions, the circumstances and cultural and social guidelines to avoid linguistic sexism.
Ključne besede: sexism, linguistic sexism, gender specific, dual gender
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