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Master Thesis

Démasculiniser les langues française et anglaise, un combat à armes inégales

Abstract : This translation dissertation focuses on the demasculinisation of French and English, from a linguistic and feminist point of view.
A key theme is the presence and absence of grammatical gender in French and English respectively. In France, the gender-specification – here, feminisation – of human nouns, especially job titles, can still be controversial but is gaining ground. The timid introduction of gender-neutral language contributes to this change, which appears to have occurred faster in English-speaking countries. The English language has no grammatical gender and job titles are very nearly all gender-neutral: where French still overwhelmingly insists on referring to “un directeur” or “une directrice”, in English, “director” applies to all genders.
The translation aspect of this dissertation is based on an extract of Lucy Michel’s doctoral thesis: Michel, L., La relation entre genre grammatical et dénomination de la personne en langue française [The link between grammatical gender and person denominations in French], doctoral thesis, Université de Bourgogne, 2016
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Hélène Ferrès-Wilkinson. Démasculiniser les langues française et anglaise, un combat à armes inégales. Linguistique. 2020. ⟨dumas-03583435⟩



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