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Beautiful women and successful men: a study of prenominal attributes
2002 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to find out if there are any differences in the way men and women are being described in written texts. In order to do so 200 lines were selected from "The Cobuild Corpus Online" for the terms "man" and "woman" with prenominal attributes respectively, with the purpose to examine the attributes. The results of the study shows that women are described with their appearence and age to a much larger extent than men. It was also found that the term "woman" collocates with lexemes denoting weakness and helplessness more often than the term "man" does. Another observation made is that men are described with attributes denoting occupation and success much more often than women are, and that the term "man" also frequently collocates with lexemes denoting strength and power. Men and women are certainly described in different ways.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, language, gender, prenominal attributes
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-47889ISRN: LTU-CUPP--02/084--SELocal ID: 56233d75-0f9d-4eb4-b210-54bbed0ce735OAI: diva2:1021219
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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