16. JOSEPH L. MALONE, Columbia University
GENDER SYSTEMS (LIN BC3052y) [3 points] 3/9/93
Enrollment limited to undergraduates
The structure and function of gender systems and similar
linguistic marking networks: systems based on sex (e.g.
Spanish, Arabic), animacy (e.g. Ojibwa), shape (e.g. Chinese
classifiers). Natural, arbitrary, and emblematic systems.
Pronouns, syntax, and semantics; social implications of sex-
based marking; measures undertaken to combat sexist
Professor Joseph L. Malone
Barnard College, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027-6598
The course at this writing has been taught once, Spring 1991,
but will be offered again in Spring 1994. Though planned
largely as a "service course" for the Barnard College Women's
Studies Program and Columbia University's Women's Center,
enrollment turned out to be limited to a small group of
linguistics majors. It is hoped that advertising will attract a
wider enrollment next time.
Bibliography will comprise roughly ten items, of which the
first here listed should constitute the core text. The second
is an article by the instructor:
Greville Corbett, Gender, Cambridge University Press, 1991
Joseph L. Malone, "On the Feminine Pronominalization of
Irish and English boat nouns," General Linguistics
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