Derivational creations of misfits in the novels of Joanna Bator Cover Image

Słowotwórcze kreacje odmieńców w powieściach Joanny Bator
Derivational creations of misfits in the novels of Joanna Bator

Author(s): Iwona Burkacka
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: derivational neologism; identification; identity; social role; feminism
Summary/Abstract: The purpose of this text is to present derivational ways of naming and describing the characters in the novels of Janna Bator. The behaviour of these characters differs from the behaviours which dominate in society. In Joanna Bator’s novels we frequently come across characters who have difficulty in identifying themselves (it concerns, among other things, their ethnic, family, sexual, and gender identification), e.g. nieślubek ‘a child born out of wedlock’, mikser‘a half-breed’, homoniewiadomo ‘a homosexual’, transa ‘a transsexual person’, lesbija ‘a lesbian’, buszmenka ‘the female form of a bushman – an inhabitant of the bush’, niematka ‘non-mother’, nieżona ‘non-wife’, niechłopy ‘non-men’, gzijka ‘a person who screws somebody’. The subject of the examination are also derivational methods of the nominalization of untypical animals and fantasy creatures, e.g. motyloskorpiony ‘butterfly-scorpions’, rybokoty ‘fish-cats’, kotojady ‘cat-eaters’, kolczatkolabrador ‘echidna-labradors’. The structure of numerous nouns (e.g. child-daughter, polecat-hamsters) points out a complex identity of the depicted people and animals. The structure of the verbs (e.g. ucórczyć ‘make a girl one’s daughter, adopt a female child’, dziewczęcić ‘make somebody a girl, behave like a typical girl’) indicates an attempt at including them into the community, becoming part of the functioning social roles.

  • Page Range: 40-62
  • Page Count: 23
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: Polish