ERIC Number: ED181715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
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Man and Its Compounds in Recent Prefeminist American English Published Prose.
Dubois, Betty Lou; Crouch, Isabel M.
Portions of a corpus of modern American prose were analyzed for the occurrence of "man" and its compounds. The passages analyzed were written in 1961, and showed no effects of recent movements to "desex" language. Occurrences were classified as generic mixed, generic masculine, and specified masculine. The mean of instances per prose extract is tabulated for various literary categories. Significant correlations between occurrences of certain classifications are listed. A count of total occurrences reveals that qeneric "man" and its compounds were used infrequently. The discussion of the results focuses on the ambiguity of the use of generic "man." The psychological effect on women of their implied exclusion when generic "man" is used is acknowledged. The use of the generic, when examined in various contexts, is seen to be inconsistent and to reveal more than anything else a lack of awareness of sexist connotations in language usage. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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