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By Helga Kotthoff (ed.), Ruth Wodak (ed.)

Contributions to this paintings deal not just with grammatical gender but additionally with discursive techniques for developing gender as a appropriate social class in textual content and context. cognizance is directed to eu cultures that have no longer bought large linguistic and discourse research, reminiscent of Austria, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Poland and Sweden. Questions of English grammatical gender also are handled. The reports argue that female gender is usually staged in a manner that ends up in situative asymmetry to the benefit of males. in addition they recommend that the wider societal context of patriarchy doesn't ensure all communicative encounters, yet calls for specific efforts from men and women to be subverted.

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In 477 cases translation was exclusively male, 70 translations were exclusively female and 70 cases consisted of the female & male variant (cf. table 1, figure 5). It is thus immediately obvious that this constitutes a deviation from the result which would be required by the structure of the Finnish language: exclusive use of female & male or an even distribution of male-only and female-only. The deviation is in the direction predicted by the hypothesis, namely a predominance of ‘male’ translations.

Linguists pointed to the far-reaching consequences of the male/human-ambiguity inherent in masculine generics: women can be excluded from important rights almost at will. Martyna (1980: 490) sums up an investigation of the legal consequences: ... Marguerite Ritchie surveyed several hundred years of Canadian law, and discovered that the ambiguity of the generic masculine has allowed judges to include or exclude women, depending on the climate of the times and their own personal biases. Another striking example is mentioned by Ursa Krattiger in an interview with Senta Trömel-Plötz (Trömel-Plötz 1982:201f).

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