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ERIC Number: EJ831733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0042-062X
Authentic Models and Usage Norms? Gender Marking in First-Year Textbooks
Vandergriff, Ilona; Barry, David; Mueller, Kimberly
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v41 n2 p144-150 Fall 2008
Our study of seven first-year college-level German textbooks surveys how these texts deal with the challenge of representing gender-inclusive language. Specifically, we look at gender marking in human nouns to see whether they occur as single-gender forms (e.g., "Student"), as morphological pairs in either full form (e.g., "Student/Studentin") or orthographically-reduced form ("Student/in, StudentIn"), as lexical pairs (e.g., "Gro[beta]mutter/Gro[beta]vater") or as gender-neutral forms (e.g., "Studierende, plural"). All textbooks surveyed show a strong tendency to avoid gender-exclusive forms but none introduces students to orthographically-reduced pairs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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