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Language and gender: A corpus study on occupational titles and social roles
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Since the 1970’s, the number of published studies within the linguistic field has increased drastically. Academic practices related to language and gender research holds a more sophisticated level in contemporary publications in contrast to prior the 1970’s. Researchers have examined the use of language, in regard to gender, with various approaches. One example is whether the use of gender-biased language has increased or decreased over time with a presupposed decrease. The present study examined the Corpus of Historical American English to determine the diachronic development of assorted occupational titles and social roles. Further, a survey was conducted with the aim to investigate the preferred affixes applied to the items under scrutiny, and the results were compared with the items’ diachronic development. Additionally, the study investigated whether there is a potentially causal link between the diachronic development and the feminist movement. The results show that the majority of the male-biased items has decreased in usage, however still occurring with the highest frequency during the 2000’s. In contrast, the gender-neutral alternatives have increased, whereas the use of femalebiased items was in general consistently low. These results were for the most part mirrored in the survey data and causal links to the feminist movement was confirmed.

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2019. , p. 37
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Corpus linguistics, language, gender, diachronic development, preferences, feminism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-165426OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-165426DiVA, id: diva2:1283589
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Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-01-29 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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