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False Dichotomies: Grammar and Sexual Polarity

  • Deborah Cameron

Abstract

In Chapter 4, we examined the meaning of sex differences in linguistic behaviour. But the stereotypical interpretation of those behavioural differences is only one example of a much more pervasive cultural phenomenon: the tendency to classify anything and everything in terms of the opposition masculine versus feminine. Yin and yang; animus and anima; the pairing turns up so often, not surprisingly it is sometimes taken for a universal principle of human thought and categorisation.

Keywords

Linguistic Theory Grammatical Category Linguistic Analysis Sexist Prejudice Grammatical Gender 
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© Deborah Cameron 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah Cameron
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  1. 1.University of StrathclydeUK

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