Endearment, respect, and disdain through linguistic gender

Aikhenvald, Sasha (2019) Endearment, respect, and disdain through linguistic gender. ReVEL - Revista Virtual de Estudos da Linguagem, 17 (16).

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Abstract

Linguistic genders are usually assigned to nominal referents on the basis of such core semantic properties as sex (or natural gender), animacy, humanness, in addition to shape, form and size. In a number of languages, linguistic genders have affective values. Reversing genders – from feminine to masculine or from masculine to feminine – often reflects speaker’s attitudes towards the entity, including endearment, respect, and disdain. The paper focuses on semantic effects of gender reversals, and the ways in which the choice of linguistic gender and gender switches may correlate with the implications of social gender as a cultural construct.

Item ID: 61360
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1678-8931
Keywords: linguistic gender; social gender; gender reversal
Copyright Information: This article is Open Access via the publisher's website.
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Edição especial. Topic: Pragmatics in Grammar - organized by Heronides Moura.

Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2020 05:25
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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