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Chairperson, salesperson, spokesperson - do gender neutral-person compounds refer to both men and women?
2004 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Some people claim that the English language is sexist, meaning that male forms are the norm and female norms the exception. Therefore, efforts have been made to replace –man compounds with the more gender neutral –person. However, some scholars claim that there is a tendency for compounds ending in –person to be used only for women The aim of this paper is to investigate the frequency of compounds ending in –man, -woman and –person, as well as the specific and generic use of –man and –person compounds respectively. The main focus has been on compounds ending in the gender neutral –person to find out whether –person words are increasing in English newspaper texts. Another important main issue is to clarify whether –person compounds were used to the same extent when referring to men and women. The study is based on British newspaper texts from two different years (1996 and 2002), which makes it possible to identify on-going changes. The words investigated are spokesperson, salesperson, chairperson, sportsperson and frontperson.

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2004. , 25 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53905Local ID: ENG D-14OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53905DiVA: diva2:1102465
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Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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