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Review: Gender shifts in the history of English. Anne Curzan.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.pp. 223 + xii.

Kádár, Daniel Z. (2007) Review: Gender shifts in the history of English. Anne Curzan.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.pp. 223 + xii. Gender and Language, 1 (2). pp. 295-300. ISSN 1747-6321

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    Abstract

    Herbert Schendl (2001:9) defines ‘the study of ongoing changes in a language’
    as one of the fundamental goals of historical linguistics. Curzan’s book, which
    examines the historical development of the English gender system, is a work
    noteworthy not only for historical linguists, but also for experts of gender
    and language precisely because it attains the aforementioned objective. The
    book not only gives a well-argued description of the development of English
    linguistic gender – a fact that makes it a pivotal addition to earlier theories of
    the field (e.g. Corbett 1991) – but it also utilises its findings to contribute to the
    research on contemporary gendered language.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    P Language and Literature > PE English
    Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2012 16:07
    Last Modified: 15 Mar 2012 16:07
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/13118

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