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Suffixes in gender-related occupational titles: a diachronic study
2002 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to find out if the differences that exist between gender-related occupational titles are used to serve the values of society. Neutrality of language and its function in the perception of reality is discussed. Male-as-norm concept is presented. Concepts of language structure, such as semantic field, affix, synonym, antonym and hyponymy, are analysed to show language as a flexible system. The meaning of words is studied and related to the definition of categories. Basic features in componential analysis are compared with prototype theory. The relationship between worker and gender is presented. Occupational titles derived by addition of suffixes are linked with historical circumstances, in a diachronic study. As a result, a connection is indicated between certain occupational terms and population flow. Language is viewed as a key to interpreting societies, since it is used as a tool for maintaining social values.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, language, gender, occupational titles, suffix, synonyms, hyponymy, categories, prototype
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-55994ISRN: LTU-DUPP--02/26--SELocal ID: cca2e24c-f1c2-44f3-9e2f-3be60900c139OAI: diva2:1029380
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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