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June 2, 2008 Today: -Continue discussion on ‘Sexist language’ -Language and power -Doublespeak ~LANGUAGE AND GENDER *Gender of speaker *Gender of addressee *GENDER OF REFERENT ~’SEXIST’ LANGUAGE? -Asymmetry between male/female terms *Male term is default, female term adds suffix i.e. prince-princess, master-mistress -Words pairings tend to put males first *i.e. men and women, mr. and mrs. ~non-gender-specific terms riddle~ -doctor n. “a man of great learning” (from ’47 American college dictionary) -lady doctor, female athlete (cf. male nurse) -professor vs. teacher -virgin, prostitute ~Male nouns/pronouns as generic “Man is a mammal: he bears his young live and suckles them at his breasts.” -brotherhood (vs. sisterhood) -Manpower, mankind -Mailman, fireman, policeman, chairman, freshman ~Is such language sexist? ~ Two views on ‘sexist’ language -View Nom.1 -(Gender differences in) language reflect how society works -View Nom.2 -Language does not just reflect society, but serves as primary means of constructing/maintaining society
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This note was uploaded on 06/28/2008 for the course COM 374 taught by Professor Mcgarrity during the Spring '08 term at University of Washington.

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