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The evolution of gender -neutral language: Can fathers mother?


2001 2001

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This dissertation analyzes the linguistic changes around issues of childcare—focused on a five word set: “father,” “mother,” “parent,” “family,” and “home”—which have taken place in American English over roughly the past twenty-five years, the final quarter of the 20th Century. Of particular interest is the impact of four factors: The egalitarian narrative that we can trace back to the Natural Rights philosophers whose work informs and undergirds the founding documents of the United States; economic factors, chiefly the rise of the two-earner household; self-interest, both as a motivation for change and as a motivation for stasis, and; tradition. Using a poststructuralist approach adapted from the work of linguist Norman Fairclough, the five words cited above, and their related forms, are scrutinized through a variety of popular texts, using an examination of the changes in their meanings to explore the conflicting constituencies and conflicting imperatives—what we need as parents vs. what we need as workers—for example-that have sometimes led us and sometimes followed us through nearly three decades of domestic reordering and linguistic rewriting.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Linguistics;
American studies;
Families & family life;
Personal relationships;
Sociology
Classification
0290: Linguistics
0323: American studies
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships
0628: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Language, literature and linguistics, Fairclough, Norman, Family, Fathers, Gender-neutral language, Home, Mothers, Norman Fairclough, Parenting
Title
The evolution of gender -neutral language: Can fathers mother?
Author
Unger, Donald Nathan Stone
Number of pages
184
Publication year
2001
Degree date
2001
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 62/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493393728, 0493393722
Advisor
Herrington, Anne
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3027266
ProQuest document ID
304699467
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304699467
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