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How Gender Shapes the World$
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Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723752

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723752.001.0001

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The heart of the matter: envoi

The heart of the matter: envoi

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How Gender Shapes the World
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Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723752.003.0012

This chapter recapitulates the main points of the book. These include the definition of the three faces of Gender (Linguistic Gender, Social Gender, and Natural Gender), how they relate to each other and are reflected in languages and speech practices. We recapitulate the main functions and meanings of Linguistic Genders (debunking the myth about non-functionality of Linguistic Gender), and mention social genders, speech genres., and taboos, especially with relation to women. We then focus on Linguistic Gender in its varied guises as a target for language reforms in the Western World, and further perspectives.

Keywords:   Linguistic Gender, Social Gender, Natural Gender, language reform, status of women, speech genres, speech practices

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