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LINGUIST List 20.2504

Tue Jul 14 2009

Books: Historical Ling/Socioling/Applied Ling: Curzan

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Gender Shifts in the History of English: Curzan

Message 1: Gender Shifts in the History of English: Curzan
Date: 13-Jul-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Gender Shifts in the History of English: Curzan
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Title: Gender Shifts in the History of English
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Anne Curzan
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521117265 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 18.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521117265 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 34.99
Abstract:

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.

How and why did grammatical gender, found in Old English and in other
Germanic languages, gradually disappear from English and get replaced by a
system where the gender of nouns and the use of personal pronouns depend on
the natural gender of the referent? How is this shift related to 'irregular
agreement' (such as she for ships) and 'sexist' language use (such as
generic he) in Modern English, and how is the language continuing to evolve
in these respects? Anne Curzan's accessibly written and carefully
researched study is based on extensive corpus data, and will make a major
contribution by providing a historical perspective on these often
controversial questions. It will be of interest to researchers and students
in history of English, historical linguistics, corpus linguistics, language
and gender, and medieval studies.

Acknowledgements;
Introduction;
1. Defining English gender;
2. The gender shift in histories of English;
3. A history of gender, people and pronouns: The story of generic he;
4. Third-person pronouns in the gender shift: Why is that ship a she?;
5. Gender and asymmetrical word histories: When boys could be girls;
6. Implications for non-sexist language reform;
Appendix 1. Background on Early English Personal Pronouns;
Appendix 2. Helsinki Corpus Texts and Methodology;
References;
Index.


Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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