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Gender Shifts in the History of English

Gender Shifts in the History of English

A groundbreaking study of gender in English from the Middle Ages to modern times.

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ISBN 9780521820073
Barcode 9780521820073
Published 24 June 2003 by Cambridge University Press
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Curzan, Anne
Series Studies in English Language
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ISBN-13 9780521820073
ISBN-10 0521820073
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Imprint Cambridge University Press
Publication Date 24 June 2003
International Publication Date 24 April 2003
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Curzan, Anne
Series Studies in English Language
Category Sociolinguistics
Historical & Comparative Linguistics
Gender Studies
Number of Pages 236
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 520g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress English language--Gender
NBS Text Linguistics
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 427
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Based on extensive research, Anne Curzan's study makes a major contribution by providing historical perspective on controversial questions regarding the continuing evolution of gender definition. How and why did grammatical gender 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 (she for ships) and sexist language use (generic he) in Modern English? Finally, how is the language continuing to evolve 0n these respects?

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'this book is clearly written and accessible to undergraduates in a variety of disciplines, not just in the field of linguistics. It would also be of interest to those in the area of gender studies and mediaeval history. Each of the main analytical chapters opens with a contemporary question which contextualises the relevance of the study within Modern English footnoting elaborates points made throughout.' Journal of Sociolinguistics 'Let me just day that I wish to give it the highest possible marks for its scholarship, convincing argumentation, admirable historical insights, and exactitude. I am sure it will be a valuable textbook in a number of academic disciplines such as English, sociolinguistics, and women's studies.' Language in Society

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Author's Bio

Anne Curzan is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Michigan. She has written extensively on the history of English, lexicography, and pedagogy, and is co-author of First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching (2000). Professor Curzan is also co-editor of the Journal of English Linguistics.

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