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Sexist and Non-Sexist Language
Sexist and Non-Sexist Language

Author(s): Diana-Viorela Burlacu
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Presa Universitara Clujeana
Keywords: “androcentric generics”; gender-neutral language; female term; male term; sexism

Summary/Abstract: The present article focuses on some lexical aspects of the English language claimed to be sexist, namely on the so-called “generic” nouns and pronouns, some man-compounds denoting occupations, derivations from “male” words, derogatory meanings for “female” words, as well as on the lexical order in some expressions or fixed phrases. The viewpoint is only apparently feminist, it is definitely impartial, the author merely trying to describe and analyse certain linguistic facts and, at the same time, to offer unbiased alternatives to some uses of English, considered now more and more obsolete.

  • Issue Year: IV/2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 81-93
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English