How Gender Shapes the World

Hardcover | September 10, 2016

byAlexandra Y. Aikhenvald

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This is a book about the multi-faceted notion of gender. Gender differences form the basis for family life, patterns of socialization, distribution of tasks, and spheres of responsibilities. The way gender is articulated shapes the world of individuals, and of the societies they live in.Gender has three faces: Linguistic Gender - the original sense of "gender" - is a feature of many languages and reflects the division of nouns into grammatical classes or genders (feminine, masculine, neuter, and so on); Natural Gender, or sex, refers to the division of animates into males andfemales; and Social Gender reflects the social implications and norms of being a man or a woman (or perhaps something else). Women and men may talk and behave differently, depending on conventions within the societies they live in, and their role in language maintenance can also vary. The book focuses on how gender in its many guises is reflected in human languages, how it features in myths and metaphors, and the role it plays in human cognition. Examples are drawn from all over the world, with a special focus on Aikhenvald's extensive fieldwork in Amazonia and New Guinea.

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This is a book about the multi-faceted notion of gender. Gender differences form the basis for family life, patterns of socialization, distribution of tasks, and spheres of responsibilities. The way gender is articulated shapes the world of individuals, and of the societies they live in.Gender has three faces: Linguistic Gender - the o...

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald is a Distinguished Professor and Research Leader at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia. Her books include Classifiers: A Typology of Noun Categorization Devices (2000), Language Contact in Amazonia (2002), Evidentiality (2004), The Manambu Language of East Sepik, Papua New Guinea (2008), Impe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:September 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019872375X

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AcknowledgementsAbbreviations and conventionsList of boxes, figures, schemes, and tables1. The multifaceted gender2. Linguistic Gender and its expression3. Round women and long men: Physical properties in Linguistic Gender4. What are Linguistic Genders good for?5. Gender meanings in grammar and lexicon6. The rise and fall of Linguistic Gender7. Manly women and womanly men: The effects of gender reversal8. The images of gender9. When men and women speak differently10. The rituals of gender11. Gender in grammar and society12. The heart of the matter: EnvoiReferencesIndex